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When the World is Your Judge: The Effects of Media Coverage of Trials

May 24, 2024
When the World is Your Judge:  The Effects of Media Coverage of Trials By Emma Donnelly The United States judicial system finds itself in an unprecedented circumstance.  With the Presidential elections looming, one of the front-running candidates, Former President Donald Trump, is on trial in New York.  He was charged with 34 felony counts of…

Understanding the International Criminal Court (ICC)

May 23, 2024
Understanding the International Criminal Court (ICC) Recently, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been investigating potential war crimes committed during the conflict between Israel and Hamas, particularly following the violent events starting on October 7, 2023. This investigation led to the issuance of arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant,…

Rising Tide of Risk: The Urgent Call to Safeguard Our Water Systems from Cyber Threats

May 21, 2024
Rising Tide of Risk: The Urgent Call to Safeguard Our Water Systems from Cyber Threats By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure have escalated in recent years, with water systems increasingly becoming a target for malicious activities. As these attacks pose significant threats to public health and…

Fortify Your Life: Top 10 Essential Tips for Enhanced Personal Security

May 16, 2024
Fortify Your Life: Top 10 Essential Tips for Enhanced Personal Security By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group LLC In today’s digital and fast-paced world, personal security has become more crucial than ever. From safeguarding our online presence to protecting our physical well-being, the need to fortify our daily lives against…

Information Warfare: Navigating the Battlefield of the Mind

May 14, 2024
Information Warfare: Navigating the Battlefield of the Mind By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In today’s interconnected world, the battlefield has expanded beyond traditional physical domains to encompass the information space, where adversaries engage in information warfare to achieve strategic objectives. Information warfare, characterized by the manipulation and dissemination of…

The Advancement of Robotic Technology: How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Robotics

May 9, 2024
The Advancement of Robotic Technology: How Artificial Intelligence is Revolutionizing Robotics Robotic technology has experienced remarkable growth over the past few decades, transitioning from basic mechanized functions to sophisticated systems capable of intricate operations. The advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) has played a crucial role in propelling this development, enabling robots to execute complex tasks,…

China on the Brink: The Looming Population Crisis and Its Global Shockwaves

May 7, 2024
China on the Brink: The Looming Population Crisis and Its Global Shockwaves China, the world’s most populous country, stands at a crossroads as demographic shifts, economic transitions, and geopolitical ambitions intersect. The nation’s population, which once seemed like an unstoppable growth engine, is now on the verge of significant decline. Projections indicate that China’s population…

The Risks of Outsourcing Bookkeeping Overseas for Your Business

May 2, 2024
The Risks of Outsourcing Bookkeeping Overseas for Your Business By Christine Brunner, CPA, CFE, MAcc | Chief Executive Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In today’s globalized economy, it’s not uncommon for businesses to outsource various functions, including bookkeeping, to overseas entities. While the appeal of cost savings is undeniable, there are significant risks and challenges…

Montana’s Booming Growth: A Magnet for New Opportunities and Challenges

April 30, 2024
Montana’s Booming Growth: A Magnet for New Opportunities and Challenges Montana, often celebrated for its sprawling landscapes and tranquil lifestyle, is experiencing a significant transformation. Cities like Bozeman are at the heart of this change, witnessing an unprecedented surge in population, commerce, and business. This boom, however, is not without its complexities. As opportunities flourish,…

The Rise and Influence of the CJNG: Mexico’s Formidable Cartel

April 25, 2024
The Rise and Influence of the CJNG: Mexico’s Formidable Cartel The Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) has emerged as one of the most formidable and aggressive drug trafficking organizations in Mexico. Known for their violent tactics and expansive influence, the CJNG’s operations have significantly impacted the landscape of organized crime in Mexico and beyond.…

The Rise of Drone Warfare: From the Ukrainian Front Lines to Mexican Cartels

April 23, 2024
The Rise of Drone Warfare: From the Ukrainian Front Lines to Mexican Cartels By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group As the world watched the conflict in Ukraine unfold, the use of drones emerged as a pivotal component in modern warfare. However, this technological advancement has now found a darker application…

Echoes of Silence: The Rise and Reign of the Italian Mafias

April 22, 2024
A Portrait of Italian Mafias By Emma Donnelly On May 23, 1992, four men stand waiting on a hill just outside of Palermo, Italy.  One holds a remote control in his hand while the others lift binoculars up to their eyes.  They watch as cars whizz by on Highway A29, waiting for one vehicle.  In…

The Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995: A Detailed Look at the Attack and the Men Behind It

April 19, 2024
The Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995: A Detailed Look at the Attack and the Men Behind It By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group 29 years ago, on this date, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, became the site of one of the deadliest acts of domestic…

Inside the Jury Box: An In-Depth Look at the Jury Selection Process and Its Crucial Elements

April 18, 2024
Inside the Jury Box: An In-Depth Look at the Jury Selection Process and Its Crucial Elements By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group During my tenure as an FBI Agent, I had the privilege of collaborating with some of the most esteemed United States Attorneys, not only in the District of…

The Shadowy Web: Exploring the Scattered Spider Group and Its Sinister Alliances

April 16, 2024
The Shadowy Web: Exploring the Cyber hackers Scattered Spider group and its sinister alliances By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In the murky depths of cybercrime, few groups have cast as wide and dangerous a net as the Scattered Spider group. Known for their sophisticated attacks and elusive operations, this…

Crisis Mangement Series: Preparing Your Family response to an Earthquake

April 11, 2024
Crisis Mangement Series: Preparing Your Family response to an Earthquake By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In our second entry into our series on Crisis Management, we explore how to prepare for, respond to, and react to an earthquake. This guide aims to equip you with the necessary tools and…

Be-wary of Wi-Fi: Navigating the Hidden Dangers of Public Connectivity

April 9, 2024
Be-wary of Wi-Fi: Navigating the Hidden Dangers of Public Connectivity By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operations Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In today’s digital age, the convenience of publicly available Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops, airports, and aboard airplanes has become a staple of our daily lives. While these networks offer the allure of connectivity…

The Upcoming Solar Eclipse: A Celestial Phenomenon Not to Miss

April 4, 2024
The Upcoming Solar Eclipse: A Celestial Phenomenon Not to Miss By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group The world is on the cusp of witnessing another magnificent celestial event: a solar eclipse. These awe-inspiring occurrences happen when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, temporarily obscuring the sun from view.…

Digital Dominion: Navigating the Global Implications of China’s Data Collection Practices

April 2, 2024
Digital Dominion: Navigating the Global Implications of China’s Data Collection Practices By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group The burgeoning digital era brings with it an unprecedented level of convenience and connectivity, enhancing our lives in myriad ways. However, this digital revolution is not without its risks, particularly when it comes…

The Hidden Costs: Risks and Consequences of Under-the-Table Payments for Employers

March 28, 2024
The Hidden Costs: Risks and Consequences of Under-the-Table Payments for Employers by Christine Brunner CPA, CFE, MAcc | Chief Executive Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In recent years, the practice of paying employees cash “under the table” has been a subject of scrutiny and criticism for its legal and ethical implications. This payment method refers…

Understanding the Sovereign Citizen Movement: Beliefs and Impacts on Law Enforcement

March 26, 2024
Understanding the Sovereign Citizen Movement: Beliefs and Impacts on Law Enforcement   By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group The Sovereign Citizen Movement is a loosely organized collection of groups and individuals who share a common belief: they consider themselves independent of the United States’ government laws. This movement is not…

Navigating the Perils of Tax Season: A Guide to Avoiding Fraud and Safeguarding Your Finances

March 21, 2024
Navigating the Perils of Tax Season: A Guide to Avoiding Fraud and Safeguarding Your Finances By Christine Brunner, CPA, CFE, MAcc | Chief Executive Officer | Brunner Sierra Group As the tax season approaches, individuals and businesses brace themselves not only for the arduous task of filing returns but also for the increased risk of…

What is Doxing? Understanding the Phenomenon, its Dangers, and Protective Measures

March 19, 2024
What is Doxing? Understanding the Phenomenon, its Dangers, and Protective Measures By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In the digital age, the privacy and security of personal information have become paramount concerns. One malicious practice that threatens this security is “doxing” (or “doxxing”), a term derived from “dropping dox” or…

Protecting your business from both insider and external fraud threats

March 14, 2024
Protecting your business from both insider and external fraud threats. By Christine Brunner, CPA, CFE, MAcc | Chief Executive Officer | Brunner Sierra Group Fraud poses a significant and evolving threat to organizations across industries, capable of inflicting severe financial losses, damaging reputations, and undermining customer trust. This menace comes from both within and outside…

Hard target: Making Your Home, Business, or Building a safer against Threats

March 12, 2024
Hard target: Making Your Home, Business, or Building a safer against Threats By Daniel Brunner | Chief Operating Officer | Brunner Sierra Group In today’s world, the safety and security of spaces where people gather, be it homes, businesses, or larger buildings, is of paramount importance. These “soft targets,” which frequently host civilians, are often…

Government Shutdown: Implications and Consequences

March 8, 2024
Government Shutdown:  Implications and Consequences By Emma Donnelly 48 hours.  That’s how long a warrantless arrestee has to be arraigned after being taken into custody.  That’s how long financial experts advise you to wait before making any major purchases.  That’s also how long Congress has to enact a bill that will give funding to six…

Revolutionizing Financial Investigations: The Impact of AI, ML, and Blockchain Technologies

March 7, 2024
Revolutionizing Financial Investigations: The Impact of AI, ML, and Blockchain Technologies By Christine Brunner, Chief Executive Officer, Brunner Sierra Group LLC The latest trends and developments in financial investigations are closely tied to the advancements in technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and blockchain. These technologies are revolutionizing how financial investigations are conducted,…

Heading into the Unknown: The Mission to the Moon

March 5, 2024
Heading into the Unknown:  Mission to the Moon By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operations Officer, Brunner Sierra Group When it was announced in April 2023 that SpaceX and NASA were planning a to return to the moon, the world has been buzzing about the adventure. This ambitious project, a part of NASA’s Artemis program, aims to…

The Growing Role of K-9 Units in Home Security: A Look at Advanced Training and Applications

February 29, 2024
The Growing Role of K-9 Units in Home Security: A Look at Advanced Training and Applications By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group When you think of home security, we get good deadbolts for the doors. Get an alarm system like ADT, add extra lights to the exterior of the house. But, in…

Deceptive Imagery Persuasion (DIP): A Modern Tool for Digital Warfare

February 27, 2024
Deceptive Imagery Persuasion (DIP): A Modern Tool for Digital Warfare By Daniel Brunner, Chief Executive Officer, Brunner Sierra Group LLC In the age of information, the battlegrounds extend far beyond physical territories; they sprawl across the digital landscapes we navigate daily. Deceptive Imagery Persuasion (DIP) has emerged as a powerful tool in this digital warfare,…

Navigating the Storm: Effective Crisis Management for Power Outages

February 22, 2024
In this first of a once a month series, I will discuss how to deal with a crisis before, during, and after the event occurs. As a member of the FBI Crisis Management Unit for FBI Newark Division, I was one of a handful of Crisis Management Coordinators (CMC) tasked with the planning, managing, and…

AI Invasion: How Robocalls Are Redefining Telemarketing and Disrupting Consumer Communications

February 20, 2024
By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group AI Invasion: How Robocalls Are Redefining Telemarketing and Disrupting Consumer Communications   The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed various sectors of the economy, with telemarketing and customer interaction being no exception. This transformation is not merely a matter of automation or efficiency; it’s a…

The Tren de Aragua Threat: A Venezuelan Gang’s Menace Spreads to the United States

February 15, 2024
The Tren de Aragua Threat: A Venezuelan Gang’s Menace Spreads to the United States By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group The emergence of the Tren de Aragua, a nefarious criminal syndicate from Venezuela, has set off alarm bells across the United States. Renowned for their merciless tactics and broad spectrum of criminal…

High-Tech Fraud Activity Detection Platforms: Navigating the Landscape of Digital Security

February 13, 2024
By Daniel Brunner Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group LLCFebruary 13, 2024 In an era where digital transactions are skyrocketing, the specter of fraud looms large. Businesses and consumers alike are increasingly vulnerable to sophisticated scams and financial deceptions. Enter the world of high-tech fraud activity detection platforms, a beacon of hope in this murky…

Unpacking the Pig Butchering Scam: How Cryptocurrency Fraud is Evolving and the fight against It

February 8, 2024
By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group LLCFebruary 8, 2024 In the context of cryptocurrency scams, pig butchering is a sophisticated and deceptive form of fraud that has garnered significant attention from law enforcement agencies worldwide, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Unlike the traditional practice of butchering pigs for meat, this…

Financially Motivated Sextortion: The Growing Threat and Law Enforcement’s Response

February 6, 2024
By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group LLCFebruary 6, 2024   In recent years, the digital landscape has seen a concerning rise in financially motivated sextortion cases. Sextortion, a serious crime where someone threatens to distribute private and sensitive material if their demands, often for money, are not met, has become a growing…

The Threat of Chinese Cyber Attacks on U.S. Infrastructure: Understanding Vulnerabilities and FBI Countermeasures

February 1, 2024
By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra GroupFebruary 1, 2024 Yesterday, FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to Congress highlighting the significant threat posed by Chinese nation state hackers to U.S. infrastructure. He emphasized their potential to cause real-world harm, targeting critical systems such as water, energy, and transportation. This warning is part of a…

The Widespread Threat of Mexican Drug Trafficking in the United States: From Alaska to Florida

January 30, 2024
By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group | January 30, 2024 The Widespread Threat of Mexican Drug Trafficking in the United States: From Alaska to Florida Drug trafficking, particularly from Mexico, presents a significant threat to the United States, affecting every state from Alaska to Florida. This illegal trade not only fuels addiction…

The Echo of Uncertainty: AI and Deep Fake Technologies in the 2024 U.S. Election

January 25, 2024
Echo of Uncertainty: AI and Deep Fake Technologies in the 2024 U.S. Election By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group LLC January 25, 2024 As the country comes out of the starting gates of the 2024 U.S. election, we are poised at a critical juncture where the marvels of technology intersect with the…

Shifting Tides in Argentina: President Javier Milei’s Radical Economic Reforms

January 23, 2024
By Daniel Brunner, Chief Operating Officer, Brunner Sierra Group | Tuesday, January 23, 2024 My father, Paul Brunner, fled his native country of Belgium following the Nazi invasion as they sought to conquer Europe, and landed in Argentina as a young boy. Following his immigration to the adopted home of the United States, as a…

The Alarming Trend of ‘Swatting’ and Hoax Bomb Threats: A Growing Concern for Law Enforcement and the FBI

January 18, 2024
The Alarming Trend of ‘Swatting’: A Growing Concern for Law Enforcement and the FBI In recent years, dangerous trends such as ‘swatting’ and bomb threats have emerged, posing significant challenges for law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. Swatting involves making a hoax call to emergency services to report a severe but fictitious crime, leading to…

The Dark Web’s Underworld: Rise of Fraud-as-a-Service

January 16, 2024
By Daniel Brunner, COO – BSGJanuary 16, 2024   The Rise of Fraud-as-a-Service in the Dark Web’s Underworld In recent years, the dark web has seen a significant rise in the availability of “Fraud-as-a-Service” (FaaS), signaling a troubling trend in the evolution of cybercrime. This service-oriented criminal business model allows individuals, even those with minimal…

Shadows in the Streets: MS-13 – The Pervasive Impact of Gang Culture on American Society

January 8, 2024
By Daniel BrunnerJanuary 9, 2024 During my twenty-year tenure as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), from 2003 to 2023, the bulk of my efforts was dedicated to the meticulous investigation, relentless pursuit, and successful prosecution of members of La Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13. I had the honor of…

Tax Return Identity Theft: Understanding the Crime and Identifying the Culprits

January 2, 2024
By Daniel Brunner January 2, 2024 Tax Return Identity Theft: Understanding the Crime and Identifying the Culprits Tax return identity theft is a serious and increasingly common financial crime that involves the unauthorized use of an individual’s personal information to fraudulently file tax returns and claim illegitimate refunds. This crime not only causes financial loss…

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