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Orange hurls €90m at Israel's Partner to end political bunfight

Orange has been caught in a political storm after trying to stop Israeli mobile network Partner Communications from using its name. The company uses the brand because it received funding from, but was not owned by, Hutchison Whampoa, which launched the Orange brand in the UK several years ago. When Orange (then the UK's third- …
Simon Rockman, 01 Jul 2015

Rocket Kittens target defence and IT bods from Europe & Israel

A seemingly state-sponsored hacking crew has compromised systems in several organisations in Israel and Europe, according to new research by Trend Micro. The so-called Rocket Kitten group has targeted defence and IT industries, government entities and academic institutions. Victims include civilian and academic organisations in …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives news of the successful 'Omid' launch

Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

Israel spied on the recent US-Iran nuclear talks, alleges America. And the US knows enough about it to say it publicly because the NSA is spying on Israel, along with everyone else. The Wall Street Journal reports that Israel handed over confidential information from the negotiations to friendly members of the US Congress in a …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2015
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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

According to the latest drop of leaks from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the US spy agency provides financial assistance, weapons and signals intelligence to Israel. The Intercept reports that Canadian, British and Jordanian signals intelligence is also shared with Israel. This intelligence relates to Palestinian targets, …
John Leyden, 04 Aug 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry. Credit: Nostri Imago, Flickr

Israel snooped on John Kerry's phone calls during Middle East peace talks

Israeli spies are alleged to have snooped on John Kerry’s phone calls during recent Middle East peace talks. The IDF tapped the US Secretary of State's unencrypted calls while trying to broker a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Der Spiegel reports sources as saying. Kerry used both encrypted and open …
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2014

Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

A Chinese hacking team previously accused of being behind raids against US defence contractors has been accused of a new data heist: plundering the tech behind Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system. Beijing's infamous Comment Crew hacking group is thought to have executed the intrusions into the corporate networks of top …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2014
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Hacked Israel Defence Force Twitter account spruiks nuke leak fears

Hacker outfit the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hours ago cracked Israel's Defence Force (IDF) Twitter account where it posted a fake warning of a possible nuclear leak due to rocket strikes. The group posted under the IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) account of a "possible nuclear leak in the region after two rockets hit [the] Dimona …
Darren Pauli, 04 Jul 2014
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Israel defence ministry, contractors phished by mystery attacker

Individuals in the Israeli Ministry of Defence are among the latest to fall victim to phishing attacks that gave attackers access to a number of the nation's government systems. According to UPI, Israeli security vendor Seculert believes as many as 15 machines were compromised earlier this month. The report quotes Seculert's …
Ben Gurion University professor Yuval Elovici

Israel develops wireless-malware-injection-by-smartmobe tool

It's not the next Daniel Suarez plot; Israeli academics have developed software they say can use your mobile phone to detect electrical impulses, and foist malware to computers physically disconnected from any internet facing network. Ben Gurion University professor Yuval Elovici told The Times of Israel that his team …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jun 2014

IBM handing pink slips to Israel-based Diligent devs - reports

Israeli media outlets are reporting that IBM is laying off product developers at its Diligent operation but leaving support staff roles untouched. According to Israeli biz news site Calcalist, Diligent, XIV, and Storwize – all three Israeli companies acquired by Big Blue – were housed by the firm in the R&D division of its …
Chris Mellor, 14 Feb 2014
Eugene Kaspersky in Sydney

Duqu 2.0: 'Terminator' malware that pwned Kaspersky could have come from Israel

Eugene Kaspersky reckons hacking into his firm's corporate network was a "silly" move by cyberspies, but independent experts are far from convinced. All seem agreed that the rare attack by a state against an leading information security firm is bad news for corporate security more generally, as it shows attacks are getting more …

Anonymous blitzes Israel in new attack

Anonymous claims to have disrupted more than 100,000 Israeli web sites and caused over $US3bn in damages with a new campaign, called OpIsrael, launched over the weekend. Israeli officials say the effort was largely unsuccessful in breaching the nation's online defences. In a typically understated piece of pre-op PR last Thursday …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Apr 2013
Dolphins can remember each other's signature whistles after 20 years

Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

Palestinian news outlet Nadae Al Watan reports that a spy dolphin was captured in the Mediterranean Sea off Gaza. The publication says the creature was carrying a cameras and other surveillance equipment. It's alleged the Dolphin is a weaponised aquatic mammal used by Israel to observe Palestinian Islamic resistance movement …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Aug 2015
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Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

Israel has launched a new nationwide program aimed at training teenagers to carry out cyberwarfare operations. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the program at the Ashkelon Academic College, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu described the students who will receive the training as "future interceptors for the State of …
Neil McAllister, 02 Jan 2013

Israel plots gigabit fibre-to-home rollout

The Israeli government, via state-owned electricity utility Israel Electric Corp (IEC), is taking tentative steps towards deploying a gigabit-capable fibre-to-the-home network it hopes will cover two-thirds of the country. Having tasked IEC with managing the rollout earlier this year, the government has now announced that …
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Google Street View comes to Israel

Google has launched its Street View product in Israel, after what the Jerusalem Post describes as “meetings with Israeli security officials” that ensured “Street View only shows public areas.” Google itself is focussing on the virtual tourism potential of the service's Israeli incarnation, announcing it in a post titled …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Apr 2012
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Anti-Israel hackers leak nuclear watchdog email addresses

The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has admitted to suffering a data breach that leaked the email addresses of more than 150 people allegedly involved with Israel's nuclear weapons program. A hitherto-unknown hacker group calling itself Parastoo claimed responsibility for the breach in a statement released to …
Neil McAllister, 28 Nov 2012
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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

Israel is drafting a tender for smart meters to be mandated in every vehicle in the country, tracking drivers to allow for differential taxation, but only once the privacy issues have been resolved. The plan is to vary vehicle tax based on usage, so drivers who don't drive during peak times, or stay out of city centres, get …
Bill Ray, 10 Apr 2013
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Israel declares war on Hamas via Twitter

Video The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took to Twitter to declare war on Hamas shortly after they launched a series of airstrikes against the Palestinian group's leadership. In days of yore, the commencement of military action was decided by diplomats and announced over the radio or in solemn TV statements. In this social-media world …
Iain Thomson, 14 Nov 2012
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PayPal pays $60m for Israeli predictive security start-up

PayPal has confirmed a $60m acquisition of security intelligence firm CyActive. The online payments firm, soon to be spun off from eBay, accompanied the announcement of the deal with plans to open a research hub in Israel. CyActive, founded by ex IDF intelligence unit cyberspies in 2013, specialises in trying to predict the …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2015
Aster missiles being fired in trials. Credit: MBDA

Rackspace goes to Israel, picks up slick new weapon for cloud wars

Analysis Cloud operator Rackspace has hopped over to Israel and returned with a secret weapon that could give it capabilities hard to find in Amazon and Microsoft clouds. The weapon? ZeroVM, an open-source lightweight hypervisor that presents a single-threaded environment and can be spun up in as little as 5 milliseconds. It is based on …
Jack Clark, 25 Oct 2013
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Israel's stock exchange site knackered by hackers

The website of Israel's main stock exchange was floored by a denial-of-service attack on Monday. Israeli airline El Al has also come under attack by hackers, but its website remains running despite the assault. Visitors to the Tel Aviv stock exchange website are confronted with the message "Please try again later. The site is …
John Leyden, 16 Jan 2012
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Israel's data protection laws given EU approval

Israel has formally joined the list of seven countries whose data protection laws are considered strong enough for companies there to receive and process personal data from companies in the European Union. The European Commission has formalised a decision taken last October to deem Israel's data protection laws 'adequate' for …
OUT-LAW.COM, 08 Feb 2011

Snowden: US and Israel did create Stuxnet attack code

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has confirmed that the Stuxnet malware used to attack Iranian nuclear facilities was created as part of a joint operation between the Israelis and the NSA's Foreign Affairs Directorate (FAD). "The NSA and Israel cowrote it," he told Der Spiegel in an email interview conducted before he publicly …
Iain Thomson, 08 Jul 2013

Plexistor's latest box sounds a lot like flash memory as virtual DRAM

Comment It's all about speed; the faster apps run the better, which means they can access and process data faster. In that vein, Plexistor, born in Israel's tech startup hot-house, claims it can turn commodity servers into data munchers running at incandescent speed. We’re talking more than seven million 4KB write IOPS at 1.7 …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2015

Iranian hackers ease off on US after friendly nuke chats, says NSA

Cyber-attacks against the US by Iranian hackers have eased noticeably since the countries' landmark nuclear weapons accord, National Security Agency director Michael Rogers has said. Speaking at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal [paywall] reported him saying there had been “significant …
Kat Hall, 11 Sep 2015

Apple mulls new chip boffinry HQ in Israel

Apple is planning to set up a research and development centre in Israel, the first ever outside of its Cupertino HQ. Loose-lipped sources told Israeli business daily Globes that the fruity firm had lined up Aharon Aharon, a 30-year veteran of the technology sector who has worked for companies like IBM and Siemens, to head up the …

Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

Israel is to sling Intel a handy US$300 million and a ten-year tax break to persuade Chipzilla to stroll out of the Mediterranean and upgrade a chip plant in the country. Intel says it's spending US$6 billion to upgrade the fab, and according to Reuters it will be hiring an additional 1,000 staff in its Kiryat Gat facility, in …
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Palestine fingers Israel for blasting Gaza off the net

A Palestinian minister is blaming foreign hackers for taking out internet services and servers in the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian communications minister Mashur Abu Daqqa blames the Israeli state for what is describes as a coordinated DDoS attack against core communication systems. “Since this morning all Palestinian IP …
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2011
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Pro-Israel hackers threaten tit for tat after credit card leak

Pro-Israel hackers have reportedly breached Saudi shopping sites in retaliation for the publication of Israeli credit-card details by a pro-Palestinian "Saudi" hacker last weekend. A hacker called OxOmar, who claimed to be a member of Saudi hacking group Group-XP, leaked a series of lists supposedly containing the details of 400 …
John Leyden, 10 Jan 2012
Cash on scales. Pic: Images Money, Flickr

Oracle swaps around its licence police bods' top ranks

Oracle’s mighty software enforcement unit is now under new management in the UK, Israel and Ireland. Caroline Crowe-Woolley has been appointed senior manager head of UKII region License Management Services (LMS), taking over from Mike Duncan. Duncan had occupied the LMS spot since January 2013. Also gone is head of LMS UK …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2015
Flag of Israel; credit James Emery

Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

A mischief-making political activist kicked up a stir Thursday with a phony press release claiming Intel was halting operations in Israel – over the bloody war between the nation and the Gaza Palestinian region. The site, constructed to look like Intel's official newsroom page, claims the chip giant was suspending funding of its …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Aug 2014
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New 'Madi' cyber-espionage campaign targets Iran AND Israel

Security researchers have discovered a new cyber-espionage campaign targeting victims in the Middle East. Kaspersky Lab and Seculert identified more than 800 victims located in Iran, Israel, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the course of monitoring control servers associated with cyber/espionage operation over the last eight months …
John Leyden, 17 Jul 2012

Report links alleged US, Israeli cybercrims with JPMorgan MEGAHACK

Federal authorities in America have charged five men who are being indirectly connected with the attack and data breach at JPMorgan Chase last summer, after the global bank, with total assets of $2.6tn, lost the contact data for millions of customers. The attack now appears to have been sourcing targets for a fraudulent …
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Microsoft in SaaS-y cloud data security slurp

Microsoft has acquired cloud security outfit Adallom. Adallom was founded in 2012 and follows the “R&D in Israel, sales in Silicon Valley” template for a range of data security products for clouds. The company's wares bring data loss prevention and reporting to cloud storage services, offering users the chance to see just who' …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2015
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Check Point buys bare-metal security upstart Hyperwise

Check Point has pounced early to buy up stealth-mode security startup Hyperwise, which does sandboxing on the CPU itself rather than in the OS. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Wednesday, were not disclosed. Israel-based Hyperwise’s CPU level threat prevention technology is designed to throttle malware-based attacks at …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2015
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Check Point snaps up mobile security outfit Lacoon

Check Point is buying Lacoon Mobile Security, in a deal that expands the security software firm beyond its core firewall and IDS market while pushing it further into mobile. Terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were undisclosed. Lacoon develops security apps for both iOS and Android, as well as marketing real-time mobile …
John Leyden, 02 Apr 2015

'eBay' of targeted attacks infiltrated by ex- Shin Bet intel men

Former members of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency have infiltrated a since-scuppered hacking forum that served as a specialist marketplace of targeted attacks. Intelligence bods from Diskin Advanced Technologies gained access to the Enigma forum, which required users to actively trade in illicit services to continue …
Darren Pauli, 25 Sep 2015
Flag of Israel; credit James Emery

Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

Israeli politicians and a former military intelligence commander have hit back at reservists who criticized Israel for spying on ordinary Palestinians. Last week, 43 Israeli military intelligence reservists signed a letter refusing to serve in the occupied Palestinian territories over fears snoops were planning to blackmail …
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2014
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HP price tag could nix Marrickville council's 'Israel boycott'

It starts with the kind of loopy idea most likely to emerge in local government (the lowest of Australia’s three tiers of government): Marrickville Council in Sydney had conceived the idea of boycotting Israeli goods and services. This was so popular it's partly attributed to the Greens missing out on the seat of Marrickville in …
GCHQ is following you on Twitter, Faceboo, email... Sod SIGINT, let's turn GCHQ into a TECH CRECHE

UK spy agency GCHQ wants to become an incubator for the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, according to a story doing the rounds in this morning's newspapers. The Independent reports that the proposed scheme will be modelled on the Teach First programme, where graduates work in difficult schools for two years before swanning …
Gareth Corfield, 02 Jan 2015
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Ireland to block EU-Israel data hoover

Ireland is moving to block a planned agreement on data sharing due to be signed between Israel and the European Union. Ireland's minister of justice Dermott Ahern said he was profoundly concerned about the proposed data transfer. He said Israel needed to prove its data protection principles, especially in the light of the …
John Oates, 12 Jul 2010

Australian opposition wants laws to protect private smut

Australia's opposition, the Australian Labor Party (ALP), is hoping to bring the country into line with the UK and other jurisdictions with a ban on revenge porn. Opposition members of parliament Tim Watts and Terri Butler have drafted a bill to bring the ban into effect and posted it for comment here. The bill (full text …
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Street View to invade Israel?

An Israeli ministerial task force will next week begin to consider whether it's a good idea to allow Google's Street View spymobiles to prowl the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Google is apparently keen to add Israeli cities to its territory, and last year acquired local startup Quiksee as a prelude to a planned invasion. …
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2011
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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

Exclusive Intel-owned Wind River – the maker of the VxWorks software used in NASA rovers, spacecraft, military computer systems, and industry – has laid off a number of its most experienced staff, sources tell The Register. We've learned that some of the engineers hit by this quiet "reduction in force" have been with the Alameda, …
Chris Williams, 24 Sep 2015

Small businesses trashed in big malware campaign

Kaspersky researcher Ido Noar says attackers have hit hundreds of small and medium businesses, stealing credentials and documents in a noisy smash-and-grab campaign. Noar says criminals have stolen some 10,000 documents from nanotechnology, education, and media outfits in an attack that foists a newly-discovered strain of …
Darren Pauli, 29 May 2015

WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

A diplomatic storm is brewing in France after WikiLeaks published evidence that the NSA has spied on at least three French presidents and their senior staff for the last nine years. "The French people have a right to know that their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance from a supposed ally," said WikiLeaks …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jun 2015

Firm issues soft denial against Iron Dome hack

An Israeli defence firm linked to Israel's Iron Dome missile defence platform has denied reports it was hacked by Chinese attackers who made off with information on the military technology. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) spokeswoman Eliana Fishler said in statement emailed to outlets including The Register that reports it had …
Darren Pauli, 30 Jul 2014
Black hole

GIGANTIC galaxy-chomping black hole rips boffins a new one

A team of astroboffins from ETH Zurich's Institute for Astronomy have discovered an enormous black hole that shouldn't exist. The black hole is one of the largest ever recorded, the equivalent of about seven billion the mass of our Sun. It resides in the heart of galaxy CID-947, which is around 11 billion light years away, …
Iain Thomson, 10 Jul 2015

Israel unbans Apple iPad

Israel's Communications Ministry will no longer demand incoming citizens and visitors hand over their iPads. The move, announced this past weekend, comes two weeks after the Ministry banned the import of iPads because it believed the device defied European wireless standards. Confiscated iPads - and we can't think there are too …
Tony Smith, 26 Apr 2010