[Report] Terrorist Exploitation of Artificial Intelligence: Current Risks and Future Applications

[Report] Terrorist Exploitation of Artificial Intelligence: Current Risks and Future Applications

Tags: Executive Summary Artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to have wide ranging, transformational, and often beneficial, impacts on society. However, like all technology, AI also carries the potential for misuse by nefarious actors including Terrorists and Violent Extremists (TVEs).  Though this technology continues to develop at a rapid pace, understanding how existing AI models work can help assess how and where they are likely to be beneficial to TVEs. AI presents various tools TVEs might employ to streamline, support, and speed up propaganda...
Post-Incident Report: Hartlepool Bladed Weapons Attack

Post-Incident Report: Hartlepool Bladed Weapons Attack

Key Points: On 15 October 2023, Ahmed Ali Alid, a 45-year-old Hartlepool-based individual conducted a fatal terrorist attack in Hartlepool town centre, UK. {X} {X} Alid used a Bladed Weapon to attack and injure a housemate before killing a member of the public. Alid claimed the attack was motivated by the Israel-Hamas conflict. This is the first declared terrorist attack in the UK where the Israel-Hamas conflict has been the primary motivating factor. It is highly likely that the ongoing conflict will act as a driver of UK terrorism threat in the short-term....
Terrorgram Proscribed as a Terrorist Organisation

Terrorgram Proscribed as a Terrorist Organisation

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 26 April 2024, the Terrorgram collective was proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK, meaning that it is now a criminal offence to belong to, publicly support, and/or invite support for the group {X}. The Terrorgram collective is an online Extreme Right-Wing network of individuals who produce and disseminate violent propaganda to encourage those who consume its content to engage in terrorist activity. The collective promotes the collapse of the Western world and a “Race War” through...
Teenager Jailed Following Music Festival Terror Plot

Teenager Jailed Following Music Festival Terror Plot

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 15 April 2024, a 16-year-old was sentenced to seven years in prison for plotting to conduct an Islamist-inspired terrorist attack {X}. According to the prosecutor, the individual had developed an “Islamic extremist mindset” in late 2021 and intended to attack people he believed had insulted Islam {X}. The individual had researched the Isle of Wight Music Festival repeatedly as well as weapons, vehicles, and stab vests {X}. After dismissing the festival as a potential attack target, the...
Terrorist Attack at Sydney Church

Terrorist Attack at Sydney Church

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 15 April 2024, an individual conducted a Bladed Weapons attack at a Sydney Church. The perpetrator targeted a bishop, a priest, and churchgoers during Mass at the Assyrian Christ The Good Shepherd Church. At least four people were injured, in addition to the perpetrator who was later arrested {X} {X}. Australian police stated that the attack was a religiously motivated “terrorist act”, however, did not state the religion of the attacker. The perpetrator allegedly made comments to the bishop...
Stabbing Rampage at Sydney Shopping Centre

Stabbing Rampage at Sydney Shopping Centre

Author: Oliver Hair ASyI,Threat Analyst Read Time: 3 minutes  Tags: On 13 April 2024, an individual conducted a marauding Bladed Weapons attack at the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre in Sydney, Australia. There were six fatalities, and twelve others were injured, including a nine-month-old baby. The individual was shot dead by a police officer. Of the six fatalities, five were women {X}. Although the motivation for the attack remains unclear, New South Wales police commissioner Karen Webb stated that it was “obvious…that the offender focused on women...