Network Take: NYC Attack Dark Preview of Violence to Come

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The Cipher Brief asked network experts from the NYPD, NCTC, CIA and FBI to weigh in on the deadly truck attack in New York that killed eight, carried out by a 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant, apparently inspired by the so-called Islamic State. Prosecutors said Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, who was charged in the deadly rampage Wednesday, had thousands of ISIS-related photos and videos on his phone.

Mitch Silber served as the New York Police Department’s Director of Intelligence Analysis, and created a deep web, dark net cyber intelligence unit that focused on terrorism threats to New York City.

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