Weekly Analysis 14 October
UNITED STATES: HACKERS STEAL 58 MILLION CUSTOMER RECORDS FROM DATA STORAGE COMPANYA hacker has stolen and leaked over 58 million customer records from Modern Business Systems, an Austin-based data storage company. The stolen data includes names, email and postal addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses. The hacker exploited a vulnerability that came as a result of the misconfiguration of a MongoDB database.
EL SALVADOR: MS13 GANGS FUNDING ELITE PARAMILITARY UNIT
According to telephone intercepts leaked to the media, various branches of the MS13 gang appear to be pooling resources in order to fund a new elite unit to tackle the government’s attempt to crack down on the organisation. The fund appears aimed at creating a 500-man unit drawing two members from each of the gang’s 249 “clica” sub-units, who will be armed with military-grade equipment, including high-powered firearms, explosives and other weapons. However, the plan appears to have been partially thwarted by government action.
SOUTH SUDAN/DARFUR: REGIME ACCUSED OF COMMITTING CHEMICAL ATTACKS IN JEBEL MARRA
A report by Amnesty International, a rights group, has accused the Sudanese government of using chemical weapons against anti-government rebels and local populations in the Jebel Marra area of central Darfur. The report documents the symptoms of those affected by bombs that released coloured smoke, including nausea, vomiting and blistering, all of which are consistent with the use of sulphur mustard, better known as mustard gas
SOUTH SUDAN/JUBA: RUMOURS BRING MASS PANIC IN JUBA
The spread of rumours of imminent violence through the markets of Juba brought mass panic, with businesses closing their shutters and fleeing the scene. Speaking after the rumours came to nothing, President Salva Kiir claimed that the rumours had been spread by people attempting to create opportunities for mass looting. The fears of the city’s population are indicative of the feverish state of the security environment, amid reports of the president’s ill-health and rebel soldiers marching on the capital. When security breaks down in the capital, as occurs periodically, there is invariably a high incidence of mass looting, particularly of international humanitarian agencies.
HAITI: PROTEST CONDEMNS UN ROLE IN ROAD TRAFFIC INCIDENT IN SAINT-JEAN-DU-SUD
Hundreds of protesters gathered around the body of a motorcyclist reported to have been killed by a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Saint-Jean-Du-Sud. Armed peacekeepers are accompanying convoys after a series of looting attacks against aid trucks. There is growing anger across the south-west of the country as aid relief has yet to reach those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The UN force already has a bad reputation in the country after a series of failings.