Articles about Middle East

Oz spooks hack, try to fry Middle East servers – report

Oz spies have reached across the Indian Ocean and meddled with the cooling controls of an unnamed Middle Eastern nation's servers hostile to Australia, according to reports. The Australian Financial Review offered scant detail on the attack that was based on multiple intelligence sources. The report claims the Australian …
Darren Pauli, 28 Jan 2015
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The internet's Middle East problem: Who is going to do something about Whois?

The issue of what to do about Whois – the registration data for domain names – has reared its ugly head yet again, as it has over and over for the past 15 years. In the latest twist, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has sent a terse note to domain overseer ICANN over its latest effort to review the Whois service and …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Sep 2015

China's 'Deep Panda' crew targets Middle East policy wonks - report

A group of China-based cyber spies have begun targeting national security think tanks, initially targeting analysts focusing on the Asia-Pacific region before switching their focus to Iraq. Infosec threat intelligence firm CrowdStrike warns that a group it dubs Deep Panda has begun targeting think tanks, particularly those …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 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

Security hawker gives the bird to mid-east hack group

A team of attackers tagged by Kaspersky as the first "advanced Arab hackers" has passed around malware targeting Middle East governments, the military and others. So far 100 malware samples attributed to the group have been tagged, the hacker branding consultancy claims. Kaspersky Labs researchers revealed the attacks at the …
Darren Pauli, 18 Feb 2015
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Securobods claim Middle East govts' fingerprints all over malware flung at journos

Researchers at Toronto-based Citizen Lab have shot down denials by Syria, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates regarding attacks against activists, journalists and dissidents, labelling some of the assaults as incompetent. The team gathered tens of thousands of documents and files detailing the malware and social engineering …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2014
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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 …
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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 …

Finding NEMEA: NetApp loses northern Europe chief

NetApp in Europe has seen the resignation of its northern region head, Dave Allen. The company confirmed Allen's departure, saying: "Dave Allen has decided to leave NetApp. We wish Dave Allen success in his new ventures, and thank him for his contributions. In the interim, Gos Hein van de Wouw, VP and head of Strategy and …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2016

Post-Stuxnet hack group builds formidable LinkedIn phish network

An accomplished Iran-based attack group known as "Cleaver" has created a network of at least 25 well-developed LinkedIn profiles to assist a social engineering campaign hitting targets across the Middle East. The group is alleged to have formed in the wake of the Stuxnet attacks against Tehran's Natanz Uranium enrichment plant …
Darren Pauli, 08 Oct 2015

REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Exclusive Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite …
Duncan Campbell, 03 Jun 2014

Dell EMEA channel czar Binetti to hang up corporate Stetson

Dell’s EMEA channel overlord Laurent Binetti is to pass the sales baton to fellow company exec Michael Collins in the coming weeks as he heads out of the door. Binetti has worked at the Texan tech baron for nearly thirty years, starting as sales director for mid- and large-corporate business, setting up operations in Eastern …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jan 2016

Arabic-speaking cyberspies targeting BOFHs with crude but effective attacks

An Arabic-speaking cyber-espionage group, active since 2012, has stepped up its attacks over the last six months, according to new research from Kaspersky Lab. The so-called "Gaza cyber-gang" focuses on attacking government entities, especially embassies, and primarily targets information technology and incident response staff …
John Leyden, 30 Sep 2015
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Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams

The NSA and Britain’s GCHQ have access to the video feeds of Israel’s fleet of drones and aircraft, according to new documents. The spy agencies have intercepted data streams containing videos, pictures and GPS data from Israeli jets and drones since at least 2008, according to Snowden-supplied documents seen by The Intercept …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2016

HPE veteran looks at watch, realises time and quits

Hewlett Packard Enterprise veteran Martin Hess will pin the green rectangle badge to his lapel for last time at the end of this month - the UK, Middle East, Africa and Israel veep for enterprise services is off. In a memo sent to staff - seen by us - HPE revealed that after 14 years the exec has chosen to call it quits at the …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jan 2016
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Telecity shuffles off London stockmarket

Former UK-owned data centre outfit Telecity has today delisted from the London stock market, having formally been subsumed by US co-location giant Equinix following its £2.3bn acquisition. The deal, which was announced back in May 2015, will add an annual revenue of £349m to Equinix's global turnover of $2.4bn (£1.7bn). It …
Kat Hall, 15 Jan 2016

RIPE rebrand whiffs slightly of joss-sticks

LOGOWATCH The magnificent era of corporate rebranding excess have long passed - heady days in which brainstorming strategy boutiques would crank the whalesong up to 11 and give forth on the empowering effects of emotionally compelling and strategically grounded brand frontage paradigms. However, there are still a few joss-stick embers …
Lester Haines, 04 Nov 2015
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SeaMeWe-3 cable connecting AU to Asia patched, new fault found

The SeaMeWe-3 cable break that's given Australian 'net users performance headaches has been fixed, but the cable's developed a second fault that won't be repaired until the end of the month. At the end of September, Vulture South reported the cut to the cable. Even with traffic routed around the disruption, the cable cut was …
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Does life as a hostage change your attitude to life as an IT contractor?

Reg Lecture It’s rare that the Register has to give a “trigger warning”, but it was necessary when former Iraq hostage Peter Moore brought our Winter Lecture series to a close this month with a 60-minute account of his two-and-a-half years in captivity. After all, how often do we get a bunch of readers together in a pub to hear a talk …
Joe Fay, 24 Dec 2015
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Juniper turns around in 2015, worried about 2016

Juniper Networks has managed to disappoint Wall Street with revenue growth, a turnaround from loss to profit and earnings per share better than analyst forecasts. The problem? It doesn't like next year's outlook. Its Q4 2015 revenue of US$1,319.6 million was 20 per cent better than Q4 2014 and six per cent ahead of Q3, with a …
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Has SeaMeWe-3 been cut again?

Rumours are emerging that there's yet another break in the SeaMeWe-3 cable. The Register has been unable to get confirmation of the break, but has been told that Australian ISPs are seeing blowouts in ping times as traffic routes around the problem. The SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable provides connectivity from Australia to Europe …

Cloud Security Alliance says infosec wonks would pay $1m ransoms

Some companies will pay hackers up to US$1 million in ransoms to claw back stolen data according to a poll by the Cloud Security Alliance. The survey garnered 209 respondents of which half were in IT security and a third from tech with most hailing from companies with up to 1000 staff and a quarter from large enterprises with …
Team Register, 14 Jan 2016
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Seagate rolls storage kit for manufacturers down Dot Hill

Seagate is pushing out OEM products from its eyrie atop Dot Hill. These are for storage array suppliers, and based on its Dot Hill acquisition in August. It’s also tweaked the existing RealStor 6004 product. The acquisition cost was $694m, so Dot Hill, now in Seagate’s CSES (Cloud Systems and Electronics Solution) business …
Chris Mellor, 10 Dec 2015

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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Microsoft to splurge $75m on computer training for kids

Microsoft announced on Wednesday (September 16) that it would dish out $75m to teach kids computer science. The cash will be funnelled out over the next three years through the company’s YouthSpark programme. The aim is “to increase access to computer science education for all youth, especially for those from under- …
Jennifer Baker, 18 Sep 2015
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World's annual mobile data intake to hit 367 exabytes by 2020

Continued growth of mobile broadband, connected devices and economic development will have data consumption rising by 53 per cent yearly from now to 2020. So says Cisco, who reports in its annual Visual Networking Index (VNI) that as the next decade dawns, 4G use will finally eclipse 3G and 11.6 billion mobile devices will be …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Feb 2016
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ROBO HCIAs erupt from Atlantis. Thankfully it's not Rise of the Machines

Software biz Atlantis has announced a pint-size hyper-converged appliance for remote and branch offices. Atlantis’ HyperScale CX-4 software is a two-node design integrating compute, all-flash storage, networking and virtualisation. It is available on Dell’s PowerEdge FX2 servers, which feature blade servers and integrated …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2016
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BT swarms into the global cloud world with Caringo

British Telecom is setting up a cloud storage service using Caringo's Swarm object storage technology. Caringo's product is the object-based storage component of BT's Compute Storage offerings, which include storage, data protection and sharing for BT customers around the globe. With a nod to current Safe Harbour difficulties …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2015

IBM still on a (downward) roll with 15th consecutive quarterly revenue drop

IBM continues to take a beating as it struggles to transition its business to a focus on cloud and analytics products. The fourth quarter of 2015 brought the following returns: Revenue was $22.1 billion, down 9 per cent from the previous year's quarter. Net income was $4.5bn on the quarter, down 19 per cent. Earnings per …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jan 2016

Iranian VXers unleash RATs to bite popular Android devices

Future threat researcher Rodrigo Bijou says Iranian hackers have made Android a priority for attacks with remote access trojans. The San Francisco consultant says attackers are preferring AndroRAT and DroidJack over common trojans like njRAT and DarkComet. Android is the most popular mobile OS in the Middle East and Africa, …
Darren Pauli, 29 Oct 2015
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Viper sinks fangs into unwary Indian farmer's todger

Indian doctors have published the eye-watering account of a farmer who was bitten on the penis "while he was urinating in an open field". The unnamed 46-year-old hobbled to accident and emergency three hours after taking a hit from a "gunas", the local name for the Levantine viper (Macrovipera lebetina). The Levantine viper. …
Lester Haines, 14 Sep 2015

Linode: Back at last after ten days of hell

Linode reckons its long outage has come to an end, although its most-current message says there may be “intermittent” issues for users, mostly of its Atlanta facility. At the time of writing, the status of all services was listed as “operational”, except for Atlanta which still shows as “partial outage”. The company has been …
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Will the Iris (Hatzenbichler-Durchschlag) flower at FalconStor?

Storage software supplier FalconStor has hired itself an EMEA marketing director to help get its FreeStor messages out there. Iris Hatzenbichler-Durchschlag comes from heading up DataCore's EMEA marketing organisation and contributed to developing DataCore from a startup to a leading software-defined storage company, with …
Chris Mellor, 24 Sep 2015
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Google cloud outage caused by failure that saw admins run it manually ... and fail

A mistaken peering advertisement from a European network took Google Cloud's europe-west1 region offline last week for around 70 minutes. The slip-up happened when an unnamed network owner connected a new peering link to Google, and in the process, it advertised reachability for far more traffic than it could handle. As a …
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EMC: We know this much is True, our rebate deal is 'illegal' in the EU

Canalys Channels Forum The cash cannon EMC fired at channel partners in the US who vowed to transact the lion's share – if not all – of their storage business with the vendor will not cross the pond, in its current form at least. The True rebate programme was pushed out at this summer’s EMC World in Las Vegas, and was intended to be a staggered …
Paul Kunert, 13 Oct 2015
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Ethernet switch sales flatten but 40 Gbps starts to take off

The Ethernet market remains pretty dull: flat on a year-on-year basis, prone to quarter-on-quarter swings in individual segments, and dominated by Cisco. One vendor that can wave IDC's latest numbers in front of its investors is Juniper Networks, which piled on 39.4 per cent year-on-year, but at US$230 million for the quarter …

Go and whistle, IDC. The storage world's going to hell in a handbasket

Comment Data volumes are growing like crazy and yet there's a case to be made that 2016 is going to be a tough old year for storage, and could be an annus horribilis* and not an IDC prediction-fuelled glory year. Really? Yes, really. Try this argument on for size. South America is in a dreadful economic state. Brazil is over-spent …
Chris Mellor, 05 Feb 2016
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US Treasury: How did ISIS get your trucks? Toyota: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The US Treasury's terrorism financing department has launched an enquiry into the fleet of Toyota trucks which feature prominently in ISIS propaganda videos. Counter-terrorism investigators are collaborating with the Japanese automotive manufacturer to figure out how Toyota's Hilux trucks and Land Cruisers have been obtained …
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Violin adds Pure sales heft to bow with strings of new senior folk

In what almost looks like a tit-for-tat exercise, Violin Memory has gone and raided Pure Storage’s sales exec cupboard to recruit Carlo Wolf as VP sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Wolf was formerly regional director of central Europe for Pure Storage, which has just IPO’d. Ironically, Violin’s former VP EMEA, …
Chris Mellor, 14 Oct 2015
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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 …
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Gridstore going gangbusters

Gridstore, the Hyper-V-focused, hyper-converged, all-flash appliance startup, is growing gangbusters after coming out, so to speak, a year ago. Its third 2015 quarter was 440 per cent higher than the third 2014 quarter, and, for the nine months ending September 30, 2015 it saw year-to-date growth of 428 per cent YoY. …
Chris Mellor, 03 Nov 2015
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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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Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe

The Pawn Storm hackers who tried to infiltrate NATO and White House networks have been spotted bothering another sensitive target: the team investigating the downed Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight. Researchers at Trend Micro found suspicious SFTP, VPN, and Outlook Web Access servers configured to collect usernames and passwords …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Oct 2015
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Don't flip your lid: The Internet of Helmets has arrived

Microsoft has shown off an internet helmet built by a customer. The hard-wired headwear is the brainchild of construction outfit Laing O’Rourke, which is rightly concerned with the welfare of workers it sends out to build stuff in the sweltering heat of places like Australia and the Middle East. Folks toiling in the hot sun …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Nov 2015
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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

"Modern" European humans and Neanderthals may have interbred in the comparatively recent past, suggest Anthroboffins, with the latter contributing a much higher percentage of their stocky DNA to today's humanity than had been thought. Detailed in a letter published in Nature, titled An early modern human from Romania with a …
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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

Cloud busting: Alibaba pumps $1bn into Aliyun, hopes it will rain cash

Chinese Amazon equivalent Alibaba is pumping $1bn (£637m) into its cloudy arm Aliyun, thereby injecting cold, hard cash into its global domination plans. The investment is intended to further its international presence, as the firm intends to cosy up with more local partners. Part of the investment pot will be used to set up …
Kat Hall, 29 Jul 2015

People bored of mobes, say magic quadrant wizards

Global spend on smartphones rose at the slowest rate since 2013 for the second quarter of 2015, according to magic quadrant wizards Gartner. Worldwide sales of smart mobes totalled 330 million, up 13.5 per cent from the second quarter of 2014. In contrast sales for the whole of 2014 rose 28.4 per cent to 1.2 billion, compared …
Kat Hall, 20 Aug 2015