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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

Among the vast haul of information lifted from secret networks by former US intelligence sysadmin Edward Snowden are details of a top-secret British spy base placed in the Middle East to tap into undersea communications cables and eavesdrop on the region's internet, it has been reported. According to the Independent, the …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
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Vodafone inks deal with Zain to fly its flag across Middle East

Roaming in the Middle East should get easier as local mobile operator Zain will carry Vodafone's traffic and sport Voda's brand across the region. Travellers taking in the sights and sounds of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq can access Vodafone's services, as part of a deal between the two companies to carry each …
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2012
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Cisco enlists NCR in Middle East, Africa server push

Hoping to get a bigger slice of the server racket in the Middle East and Africa – you know, the part of EMEA that is still showing some signs of life – Cisco Systems has tapped The Cash to peddle its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers. The Cash, of course, refers to National Cash Register, the provider of ATM, point …

Mid East undersea fibre telco hacked: US, UK spooks in spotlight

Belgian telco Belgacom - which operates vital undersea communications cables - says its internal network was compromised, possibly by foreign spooks. Phone and data connections from international hot spots, such as Syria and Yemen, pass through submarine fibre lines handled by Belgacom International Carrier Services (BICS). …
John Leyden, 17 Sep 2013
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Middle East questions get under RIM boss’s skin

Research In Motion co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has terminated an interview with the BBC's Click programme when questioned about Blackberry security in the Middle East. The Blackberry boss was happy enough to talk up the company's new Playbook tablet machine. However, when asked about pressure from regimes to help wiretap Blackberry …
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Middle Eastern Gauss malware could be state sponsored

Security firms are investigating what looks to be another piece of state-sponsored malware, which has been targeting banks in the Middle East and distributing an unknown payload. Dubbed Gauss by Kaspersky Labs, the malware first seemed to be a module of the highly sophisticated Flame virus but has now been recognized as a …
Iain Thomson, 10 Aug 2012
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Complex cyberwar tool 'Flame' found ALL OVER Middle East

A new super-cyberweapon targeting countries like Iran and Israel that has been knocking around in computers for two years has been discovered by researchers. "Flame", a highly sophisticated piece of malware, was unearthed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Kaspersky Lab, which said it was more complex and …

NEC, Alca-Lu win Sea-Me-We 5 build contracts

NEC and Alcatel-Lucent are to divvy up the planned Sea-Me-We 5 submarine cable build. The cable's consortium has awarded hundreds of millions of dollars worth of build contracts for the anticipated 2016 switch-on. The new 20,000-km cable is planned to run from Singapore to France via the Middle East, and will have a design …
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WHO was it that TAMED the WOLF? Heel, Rex! No! Aarrghh!

A boffinry brawl is taking place over the origin of the domesticated dog, with a new study suggesting that man's best friend came from Europe, not from the Middle East or East Asia as previously thought. Wolves Researchers led by Olaf Thalmann of the University of Turku in Finland used prehistoric genomes to come to the …
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BT fattens flabby Global Services biz to puff and huff way to £32bn

Falling sales at BT's global services division has forced the company to make a bold shift in its strategy in that part of the business by expanding its investments abroad. The telecoms giant said today that it planned to "accelerate growth" in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. It's one of Gavin Patterson's first big …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Nov 2013
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Apple wipes smile off FaceTime in the Middle East

Apple's FaceTime enables any iPhone 4 to make video calls to any other iPhone 4, assuming neither of them were bought in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Egypt or Jordan. FaceTime was hyped by Steve Jobs as the application that would turn the world on to video calling, and Apple web sites proudly listed it as a key feature of the …
Bill Ray, 19 Oct 2010

Australia's opposition backs warrantless metadata collection

Australia's opposition Labor Party has signalled that it intends to link arms with the intelligence community. In a television interview with Sky News, the party's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek said she wants to give “agencies the maximum ability to do their job well, within the bounds that people would expect.” According to …
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Tech Data abandons Middle East

Tech Data, the world's second biggest technology distributor, is withdrawing from the Middle East with Aptec stepping in to fill the hole left in the region. In a filing made to the Securities and Exchange Commission Tech Data said that it expects to see a loss of up to $7m for the first half of fiscal 2008 because of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Mar 2007
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Fujitsu restructure shunts Brit boss Tait into top EMEIA role

Fujitsu has thrust UK veep Duncan Tait into the top role in EMEIA amid a global re-org that has led to nine high level resignations. The International Business (IB) organisation will be dissolved from 1 April and existing sales and service delivery functions will be folded into the new regional structure. The group will be …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2014

Google thrusts cash at developers in emerging countries

Google is preparing to dispense a couple of hundred thousand dollars in prizes for developers in emerging countries who are willing to take its cloudy platform for a spin. The Google Cloud Developer Challenge was announced by the Chocolate Factory on Thursday, and sees the ad-backed search behemoth offer developers from around …
Jack Clark, 06 Sep 2013
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Jimmy Wales to chair World Economic Forum on the Middle East

Jimmy Wales is set to co-chair the annual World Economic Forum on the Middle East, an event billed as "the foremost global gathering of political, business and cultural leaders." The Wikipedia co-founder will chair the event alongside Khalid Abdulla-Janahi, chairman of Bahrain's Ithmaar Bank; Mohammed Alshaya, executive chairman …
Cade Metz, 08 Apr 2008

Mobile money biz Fundamo founder moves on

Hannes van Rensburg, the founder of mobile money company Fundamo, is to leave the business at the end of the month. Fundamo was sold to Visa for $110m in June 2011 and is a major part of Visa's strategy for mobile money - which also includes the British company Monitise. Bridging the gap between the kind of un-banked and …
Simon Rockman, 21 Jan 2014
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98.8% of Overland shareclutchers say OMG, YES to Tandberg takeover

Overland Storage shareholders have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the Tandberg Data takeover by Overland. There was a 98.8 per cent vote in favour of the takeover at a 16 January meeting. But, then, there was no other option on the table except the virtual certainty of an eventual Overland collapse and a total wipeout of …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jan 2014
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A server bonanza is for Christmas, not for life: Xmas boost hides slump

One sequential bounce in EMEA server shipments and revenues doesn't a recovery make, but last year's Chrimbo quarter may have cheered hard-pressed suppliers, judging by the figures. The latest IDC data shows some 606,000 systems were sold across the region in the final three months of 2013, up 13.2 per cent on the previous …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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Submarine cable cut torpedoes Middle East access

A submarine cable in the Mediterranean was cut earlier today, resulting in a dramatic slowdown in internet access for people in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and much of the Middle East. A spokesman for Flag Telecom, the owner of the severed cable, told the Reg: "It is a problem off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt. For some reason …
John Oates, 30 Jan 2008
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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

A spokesman for the Egyptian military has reported that three scuba divers have been arrested in the Mediterranean as they tried to cut a submarine data cable owned by local telco Telecom Egypt. Egyptian submarine cable saboteurs Looks like a pretty low-tech operation Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said on his Facebook page that the …
Iain Thomson, 27 Mar 2013

Spies and crooks RAVAGE Microsoft's unpatched 0-day HOLE

Both cybercrooks and cyberspies have seized on a recently discovered and as-yet-unpatched Microsoft vulnerability to run attacks. Hackers have seized on the zero-day vulnerability, starring a buggy Microsoft graphics component, to run attacks featuring malicious Word documents. Microsoft issued a temporary workaround last week …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2013
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Fishy fishers' fishing figures fingered using Google Earth Gulf pics

A scientist has used Google Earth to uncover a Middle Eastern fish scam which could mean that six times more sea dwellers are caught than is officially reported. Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak wanted to suss out whether fishermen in the Persian Gulf were telling the truth about how many fish they landed. She carried out the "first …
Jasper Hamill, 27 Nov 2013
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IBM's quarterly finances sapped by leech-like hardware division

IBM's earnings for the first quarter of the year show that the company's hardware division has turned into a leech sapping Big Blue's profits. IBM's total revenues for the quarter were $22.5bn, down four per cent on an annual basis and earnings-per-share are $2.54. This represented the eight consecutive quarter of declining …
Jack Clark, 16 Apr 2014
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Alcatel-Lucent slashes 10,000 jobs worldwide

Alcatel Lucent has confirmed it will axe 10,000 employees worldwide as part of a bid to cut €1bn (£850m) in fixed costs by the end of 2015. The loss-making telecoms equipment maker will actually be letting 15,000 staff members go, but has said it will create 5,000 new jobs in areas where it thinks it can grow. The cuts will see …
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Latest Snowden reveal: It was GCHQ that hacked Belgian telco giant

Leaked documents provide evidence that GCHQ planted malware in the systems of Belgacom, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium. According to slides obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and supplied to German newspaper Der Spiegel , the attack targeted several Belgacom employees and involved planting an attack …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2013
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HUMANS all come FROM AFRICA: HERPES does not lie

Many lotharios will agree that there's nothing attractive about a cold sore - but the virus behind this common affliction is proving very useful in tracing the migration patterns of early humans. In fact, boffins have been able to analyse the DNA of the unsightly, lip-borne herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) to shore up the " …
Jasper Hamill, 22 Oct 2013

Dell will AXE up to ONE IN THREE workers in its US & EMEA sales teams

We're hearing from two sources that Dell is making 30 per cent of its sales and marketing staff in Europe, the Middle East and Africa redundant while cutting 20 per cent of its US-based sales staffers. One source said: "Precisely 30 per cent, across EMEA." There is no word on what's happening on the sales floor in the Asia …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jan 2014

Snowden files latest: NSA and GCHQ targeted German satcomms

The NSA and GCHQ hacked into the systems of three German satellite communication providers, according to the latest leaks from the files of Edward Snowden, fugitive ex-NSA sysadmin. Der Spiegel reports that GCHQ and the NSA tried to infiltrate internal networks run by satellite comms firms Stellar, Cetel and IABG. Stellar …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2014

Nokia: ALL our Windows Phone 8 Lumias will get a cool 8.1 boost

Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Nokia's handset business still has yet to pass regulatory scrutiny in Asia, but that didn't stop former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop from making an appearance at Redmond's annual Build conference on Wednesday to tout the two companies' strong ties and to debut three new phones. "In just hopefully a …
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2014
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Stuxnet 2 in the works, claims Iranian news agency

Hold the front page: Saudi Arabian and Israeli spy agencies are developing a worm more powerful than Stuxnet to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program again, after meeting in Vienna last week. Sound a little far-fetched? Well, stranger things have happened but this particular yarn comes from Iran’s FARS news agency, thought to have …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2013

Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma. According to the bean counters at IDC, 26.7 million traditional portables and desktop were sold into EMEA channels during Q4, some 6.4 …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2014
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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

According to friendly "leaks" passed to newspapers overnight, the government may force cigarette manufacturers to sell their wares in plain packaging after yet another review, despite rejecting the policy earlier this year. But the gambit is unlikely to withstand the scrutiny of the Chancellor. Why? Plain packaging legislation …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Nov 2013
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Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight

After 12 years of research and testing, the Swiss engineering team Solar Impulse has unveiled the craft that will take a round-the-world- trip powered solely by photovoltaic power cells. Solar Impulse 2 Coming soon to a skyline near you "A vision counts for nothing unless it is backed up by action," said Bertrand Piccard, …
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2014
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The iPad age is over: The time of the iPad Mini and phablet is upon us

The age of the iPad is over, as tablets like the iPad Mini that sport screens of eight-and-a-half or fewer inches will out-sell their larger brethren and come to represent the largest population of in-use fondleslabs around the world. So says global consultancy Deloitte in its annual Technology, Media and Telecommunications …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2014
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NORKS breaks ground on new high-tech industrial park

North Korea has finally begun building a new industrial complex designed to encourage investment from hi-tech companies hailing from across the border. The official ground-breaking for Kaesong Hi-Tech Industrial Park took place last week, according to reports from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) spotted by the North Korea …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Nov 2013
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DON'T PANIC! No credit card details lost after hackers crack world's largest casino group

IT administrators at the Las Vegas Sands casino are having a tough time restoring their systems after hackers successfully got inside the corporation's firewall, but it appears that the most valuable sections of the network are safe, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Board chairman A.G. Burnett told Associated Press …
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2014
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Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher

Hacktivists claim to have published leaked data on more than 30,000 Israeli officials, including members of Israel's Mossad secret service agency. The boast by members of Anonymous follows a denial of service attack against the Mossad website (www.mossad.gov.il) over the weekend as part of the ongoing #OpIsrael protest. …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2013

China opens its ears to snooping in foreign tongues

China’s fearsome censorship and surveillance apparatus just got even more intimidating after the introduction of new technology to track communications in regional languages other than the Mandarin/Putonghua spoken in most of the country. The unnamed system was developed by Tsinghua university’s Centre for Intelligent Image and …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Nov 2013

Call me maybe: Orange loses a segment as competition bites

Former French monopoly mobile operator Orange has reported that its earnings and revenue are both down, despite increased customer numbers, as price-cutting hits the bottom line. Orange, the operator formally known as France Telecom, has customers around Europe and Africa, but not in the UK where it remains part owner of …
Bill Ray, 24 Oct 2013
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ROBOT COW teaches Saudi kids where milk comes from

A farmer from Tayside has sent a plastic robot cow to the Middle East in a bid to educate Saudi children about where milk comes from (from robot cows, perhaps? -Ed). Kenny Farquharson describes himself as a "plastic farmer" and builds life size beasts to show children how nature works. His latest creation - a fully milkable …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jun 2013

Intel rumored to plunk $10bn down for Israeli fab expansion

The Israeli government, obviously excited to see more investment from chip giant Intel, has let the cat out of the bag that Chipzilla's plans to plunk $10bn into chip manufacturing plants in the Middle Eastern country. The rumor that Intel was looking to invest big bucks in its Israeli operations, reported first in the paper …
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Samsung unveils Galaxy Note 3: HOT CURVES – the 'gold grill' of smartphone bling

Everything is better with a few curves. While the concavity of the Samsung-built Nexus phone failed to set the world alight, that's no reason to stop bending it like Beckham. That's according to Samsung's "head of strategic marketing" who told reporters assembled for the Seoul launch of the Galaxy Note 3, including one from …
Bill Ray, 25 Sep 2013
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BlackBerry network goes titsup inopportunely AGAIN

RIM's BlackBerry network is down again, disconnecting users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but that won't come as a surprise to the socially connected. The outage started around 09.00 this morning, RIM reckons it's only affecting "some users" but the mailbox here at Vulture Central is filling up with (sadly resigned) …
Bill Ray, 21 Sep 2012

New fear: Worm that ransacked US military PCs was blueprint for spies' super-malware

A mystery worm that burrowed into US military computers to steal secrets six years ago may have inspired the development of subsequent government-grade malware Red October, Turla, Flame and Gauss. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab reached this conclusion after finding similarities between Agent.btz – the worm that attacked in 2008 – …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2014
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Kaspersky rips The Mask from sneaky Spanish spy campaign

Security researchers have discovered a sophisticated string of cyberattacks from a group of Spanish-speaking miscreants who have been operating since at least 2007. ”The Mask” (aka Careto) is one of the most advanced campaigns to date due to the complexity of the toolset used by the attackers, according to Kaspersky Lab. This …
John Leyden, 11 Feb 2014
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PEAK MOBILE: IT biz spending forecasts SLASHED

We're not even a full week into the second month of 2014 and beancounter IDC has lowered its global IT spending forecasts, amid volatility in emerging markets and on fears that smartphone and slab sales have peaked. An eye watering $2tn was splashed on tech last year, including $1tn on hardware, but IDC has already pegged back …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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Poison Ivy RAT becoming the AK-47 of cyber-espionage attacks

The Poison Ivy Remote Access Tool (RAT) - often considered a tool for novice "script kiddies" - has become a ubiquitous feature of cyber-espionage campaigns, according to experts. Research by malware protection firm FireEye has revealed that the tool served as lynchpin of many sophisticated cyber attacks, including the …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2013
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Seagate squeezes out 4TB desktop monster

Seagate seems set to replace its desktop Barracuda brand with the Desktop HDD brand and introduce a 4TB desktop drive with it. The Desktop HDD 15 line runs up from 250GB through 320GB and 500GB all the way to 1TB, 2TB, 3TB and 4TB. It uses 1TB/platter technology, spins at 7,200rpm, has a 64MB cache, transfers data at up to 160MB …
Chris Mellor, 07 Feb 2013
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'I don't trust Microsoft' after NSA disclosures says former privacy chief

Caspar Bowden, who was Microsoft's European chief privacy advisor from 2002 to 2011, has said that he no longer trusts his former employer after the disclosures about its involvement in NSA surveillance schemes. Speaking at the Congress on Privacy and Surveillance in Switzerland on Monday, Bowden said that he wasn't aware of …
Iain Thomson, 01 Oct 2013