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Thwarting Disruptive Activists

Business leaders and affluent families are increasingly targeted by anti-capitalist activists who harness social media to publicize and advance their causes. They use tactics such as organizing protests at private events and harassing targets at their offices with the intent of disrupting business operations. When a threat investigation matter for one of our clients turned up some interesting findings, we began a threat detection program.


Drawing on best practices and our arsenal of assessment tools, we quickly identified a dangerous development: A high-profile coalition of militant groups was attacking our client via social media, posting disturbing photos and releasing their work and home contact information. It also planned demonstrations at our client’s residence during a fundraiser being attended by prominent guests. Their goals: assembling angry mobs of protesters to physically confront guests, and garnering publicity for a documentary exposé the coalition had helped finance.


Armed with advance knowledge of the event and in-depth intelligence on its organizers, tactics and techniques, we quickly launched a comprehensive threat mitigation strategy by mobilizing and coordinating office and residential security staffs, the NYPD, and a cadre of our own security agents. We successfully thwarted the coalition’s attempt to disrupt the event and defused a follow-on phone and internet harassment campaign.

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