At a Glance | October 22

Arrest Made in Connection to Proud Boys, Anti-Fascists Brawl at Club in New York City

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On October 18, authorities arrested a man believed to be a member of a far-right group involved in a brawl with anti-fascist protesters near a club in Manhattan. Geoffrey Young (pictured), 38, of New York City faces charges of rioting and attempted assault. Young is one of 12 people the New York Police Department is seeking charges against, including nine members of the Proud Boys. The clash took place on October 12 near the Metropolitan Republican Club, where Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes had given a speech. Police escorted some of the individuals exiting the club after anti-fascist protesters gathered outside of the building. However, an altercation broke out for 38 seconds when six people dressed in black and wearing masks threw a bottle at members of the Proud Boys, according to NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. The fight was caught on surveillance video, which police released to help indentify those involved. Young can be seen in the video wearing a polo shirt with a yellow-striped collar—attire consistent with that worn by Proud Boys members.


Ku Klux Klan Propaganda Distributed at Homes in Cherry Hill

Authorities in Cherry Hill (Camden County) are investigating reports of white supremacist propaganda left at homes overnight. Residents in the Old Orchard section of the township found literature from the Ku Klux Klan in plastic bags on their lawns on the morning of October 13. The fliers included the website and phone number of an active chapter of the KKK in North Carolina. One of the fliers included a racist and anti-Semitic cartoon, while another included accusations of black people being involved in criminal activity. “This type of hatred and bigotry will not be tolerated in our town,” Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Chan said in a statement. Police believe the material was left at about 30 homes and are searching for those responsible. At least one resident in nearby Mount Laurel (Burlington County) also reported finding fliers in her driveway.


DHS Finds Increased Number of Cyber Attack Attempts on US Election Systems Ahead of Midterms

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said there has been an increase in the number of attempted cyber attacks to election systems in the United States ahead of the midterms next month. According to a recent intelligence assessment from DHS’s Cyber Mission Center, the federal government has yet to identify who is behind the hacking attempts, but none of them have been successful. “We are aware of a growing volume of cyber activity targeting election infrastructure in 2018. Numerous actors are regularly targeting election infrastructure, likely for different purposes, including to cause disruptive effects, steal sensitive data, and undermine confidence in the election,” the assessment noted. DHS said techniques have included malicious emails appearing to be legitimate and denial of service attacks. Attempted hacks have been detected as recently as early October. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a recent cybersecurity summit that there is no indication foreign adversaries plan to disrupt the United State’s election infrastructure. Christopher Krebs, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS, noted that hackers are using the midterm elections as practice for the presidential election in 2020. However, he reiterated that DHS has not seen direct election hacking, and the department is ready for the upcoming elections.


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