THREATs of the Week: April 29, 2017

THREAT – our acronym for threats from technology, health, raids/robbery/ransom, environmental, agencies, and terrorists.

Technical: Nest Cameras

Courtesy: YouTube

Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars. So far, no patch available to the public.

Nest’s Dropcam and Dropcam Pro security cameras can be wirelessly attacked via Bluetooth to crash and stop recording footage. This is perfect for burglars and other crooks who want to knock out the cams moments before robbing a joint.

And a bit of a disaster for Google.

If you’ve got Nest in your home, you need to check in for updates.

Health: World Immunization Week

Courtesy: CDC

During the last week of April, CDC recognizes World Immunization Week – a time dedicated to promoting the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Unfortunately, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

As a result, vaccine-preventable diseases can still spread to the United States through travel, trade, and commerce.


Raids, Robbery, Ransom: MS-13


Courtesy: Slate

They’re known as MS-13, MS, Mara or Mara Salvatrucha, but by any name, they’re trouble.

MS-13 are hitting hard here in America.

Trump is ready to take them on.

On Long Island, Sessions Vows to Eradicate MS-13 Gang.

And kids, schools and parents are terrified and living in fear.

Environmental: Severe Weather


Severe Weather Threatens – Red Cross Issues Safety Information.

Residents of the South and Midwest face the threat of severe weather through the weekend, including severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. The American Red Cross urges people to follow these safety steps if their area is affected.

Agency: I-Spy in China

Chairman Mao

Courtesy: New Statesman

I-Spy in China: a revival of Mao-era paranoia?

During the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, when Siu Ying Lee’s kindergarten-age daughter saw a photo of her mother in a white lace wedding dress, instead of wishing she could look pretty like her, she pointed her finger and shouted: “Spy! Spy!”

Terrorist: al Qaeda

Courtesy: Reuters

The Resurgent Threat of al Qaeda: After bin Laden’s death, it has become a vast and deadly network of groups spread from Syria to Yemen to Afghanistan.

Extinction is the norm, survival is the exception.

More to follow.



(Featured Image Courtesy: AP Photo/Luis Romero)

  • Thomas P
    Posted at 21:37h, 29 April

    Thanks Clint for keeping us so informed, great site . Love to meet you in person

  • John M Tarantino
    Posted at 09:17h, 30 April

    Thanks Clint. The problem with MRSA in hospitals and the community today is a direct result of Illegal Immigrants from Mexico and south America.

  • Escape the Wolf
    Posted at 15:00h, 06 May

    Thanks for your input John!

  • Escape the Wolf
    Posted at 15:00h, 06 May

    Thank you for the support!