Weekly Security Digest - February 14, 2023,

Interfor International‘s Weekly Security Digest – February 14, 2023

Interfor’s Weekly Digest | Global Security and Policy Insights- February 14, 2023

Global Security Matters

Still Developing


  • The US imposed sanctions on Trickbot, a Russian hacking group. Trickbot used malicious software capable of stealing financial data and dropping ransom software which was at one point considered one of the internet’s biggest security threats. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Trickbot targeted hospitals and healthcare centers. The US Treasury Department sanctioned seven of Trickbot’s senior figures and managers. 

Flying Objects 


Terrorism and Extremism

  • The threat from Islamic State extremists remains high, according to the U.N. counter-terrorism chief. The Islamic State is increasing its presence around conflict zones and the UN is particularly worried about the group’s expansion in Africa’s center, south and Sahel regions. The group radicalizes and recruits new supporters through social media and other internet and gaming platforms. A key concern is the groups’ use of new technologies. 
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is the new global epicenter for extremism, according to a new report by the U.N.’s international development agency. The report highlights a 92% increase in new recruits who are joining extremist groups for better livelihoods. There has been a 57% decrease in people joining extremist groups for religious reasons. Africa has been significantly affected by Covid-19, high inflation, and climate change, resulting in an increasing number of people joining extremist groups due to economic factors. 


  • For the first time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has included Covid-19 vaccines in its recommended immunization schedule.
  • New York ends Covid-19 mask mandate at health care facilities.
  • The Japanese government decided to drastically ease Covid-19 guidelines on mask-wearing, including those for public transportation and schools.


Check out this Op-ed in The Hill about the George Santos due diligence failures, penned by our own Don Aviv and Jeremy Hurewitz.