NYC success shows U.S. not a safe island: The 29-year old Uzbek immigrant charged for Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City was found to have thousands of ISIS-related photos and videos on his phone. Welcome to the new normal, experts at the Cipher Brief say. For one thing, success in New York City shows that vehicle attacks can be as successful in the U.S. as in Europe, so expect more attacks—especially as we enter the holiday season. And there’s little U.S. law enforcement can do to detect this kind of assailant, who was radicalized “in place.” READ MORE
ISIS continue proselytization online: Terrorist groups have long been calling for supporters to attack “infidels” with vehicles, and these types of attacks have become increasingly common in recent years. Eight people were killed and 11 were wounded Oct. 30 when Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who pledged loyalty to the terrorist group ISIS, mounted a curb in a rented pickup truck and tore down several blocks of a popular bike path on Manhattan’s west side. ISIS and Al Qaeda have repeatedly and publicly called for supporters to use vehicles as weapons. Read more HERE and HERE.
Burritos and wraps recalled: Denver’s Chelsea Food Services, known as Journey Cuisine, is recalling approximately 28,064 pounds of pork and chicken burritos and wrap products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Journey Cuisine notified FSIS on Oct. 30, 2017 that one of its products, Burrito Carnitas Caliente, had tested positive for L. monocytogenes during the firm’s product testing. After a review of the ingredients used in the Burrito Carnitas Caliente, the company determined that four additional products may be affected. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. READ MORE
Rare E. coli serotype making people sick in U.K.: A relatively new E. coli serotype is making people sick in the United Kingdom, which is seeing outbreaks of illness caused by the O55:H7 serotype. The serotype, unknown in the U.K. until three years ago, is described as a “recent precursor” to the virulent shiga-toxin producing O157:H7 serotype most often associated with foodborne illness. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has O157:H7 and six other E. coli serotypes on its list of adulterants in meat (for which testing is required), but that list doesn’t include O55:H7. READ MORE
Deloitte hit by data breach: Deloitte, one of the world’s biggest accounting organisations, recently suffered a data breach that compromised confidential emails and plans of some of its blue-chip clients, according to the Guardian. This breach is even more unfortunate because Deloitte offers clients advice on how to manage risks posed by cyber attacks. The fact that Deloitte is a global consultant with interests in cyber security proves that no one is safe from a cyber attack. READ MORE
Spiders protect fruity beer from fruit flies: If you visit a traditional lambic brewery in Belgium, you’ll see spiders spinning webs among the casks. They are not a nuisance, and brewers don’t swat them away. The spiders are there by design to protect the fruity beer from fruit flies. The webs do, however, create a fitting environment for lambic, which can seem a little like magic. Using the oldest of all modern brewing styles, brewers summon wild yeast, resulting in funky, sour beers. READ MORE