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
Shouting match

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

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 …

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


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

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

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

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 …
Armoured submarine cable

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 …
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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
Swarm of Auklets

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

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

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
Venomous snake

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
Spiralling by cc 2.0 attribution

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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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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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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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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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
Malaysia Airlines plane

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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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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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

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

Snowden latest: NSA planned sneak attacks on Android app stores

The latest package of documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden details how the intelligence services planned to host man-in-the-middle attacks to install tracking and control software onto Android smartphones. According to a presentation released from the Snowden archive to The Intercept the so-called "5 Eyes" nation's …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2015

Outrageous OPSEC: What happens when skiddies play natsec

CheckPoint has raided the servers of a bumbling alleged Iranian hacking group using credentials hardcoded into malware, using its access to name suspected members. The Rocket Kitten group was revealed September 2014 and later in more detail March targeting organisations throughout the Middle East with persistent, successful, …
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015
Bond tries to decipher is tailor finally unveils new parly spook-watching panel

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the long-awaited new line up of the Intelligence and Security Committee. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has been appointed to the spook-eyeballing panel. Other senior Tories include Sir Alan Duncan, who has described himself as a "respected voice on the Middle East within the …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Sep 2015
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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

Google: Maps editing is back – but, please, no more p*ss-taking robots!

Google is set to reopen its Maps service to user-submitted edits and labels albeit through a new moderating process. The web goliath will use a team of hand-selected users to screen edits to its maps and approve any changes. Previously, Google employees were taxed with monitoring all submitted revisions of Maps. "Map Maker …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jul 2015

The ETERNUS dance: Fujitsu extends backup and archive box range

Fujitsu has updated two of its backup and archiving appliance products; the ETERNUS CS200c and CS800. Both of these use OEM'd software and provide deduped backup to disk. They have been given a hardware refresh with faster CPUs, which speeds dedupe. The CS200c S2 all-in-one backup and archiving product embeds Commvault …
Chris Mellor, 13 Nov 2015
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Do you agree with our fee hike? Press 1 to answer Yes; or 2 for Yes

It has long been a concern that domain-name overseer ICANN is largely funded by companies reliant on the organization to make money. Every biz that wishes to sell domain names – called a registrar – has to pay the organization $4,000 a year, plus 18 cents on every domain they sell. In addition, they have to pay a variable fee …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2015

What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

With tech distributors and retailers suffering PC inventory indigestion in EMEA, shipments into the region during Q2 were always likely to be bad, and they didn’t disappoint. Some 18.6 million desktops, notebooks and premium ultra mobiles found their way into outlets in the three months, that is down 15.7 per cent, or 3.47 …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2015
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Another $75m for Datto as EMEA and APAC expansion beckons

Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV) has led a $75m B-round for cloud backup and biz continuity service/product supplier Datto, as it looks to expand its presence in the EMEA and APAC regions. Datto provides backup, recovery and business continuity products used by thousands of managed service providers around the planet. It …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015

Shabby but persistent espionage group turn tables on researchers

Researchers investigating an active online espionage group have themselves been targeted in persistent social engineering attacks. Eyal Sela and Cedric Pernet of ClearSky and Trend Micro say the attackers from the Rocket Kitten group targeted an unnamed security bod at the former company with social engineering Facebook …
Darren Pauli, 03 Sep 2015

Your one-minute guide to IBM's financial future – or just imagine a skier tumbling down a slope

Today, IBM is said to be the biggest technology services biz on Earth – and the only way is down. Big Blue's fortunes are continuing in a downward trend: its global revenue has fallen, profit is down, and its share price slipped five per cent in after-hours trading on Monday. The company blamed the strong dollar for bruising …
Chris Williams, 20 Oct 2015
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US still hoarding zero-day app vulnerabilities, say EFF campaigners

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation reckons America's spooks aren't living up to the Obama administration's 2014 statement that it would disclose more vulnerabilities than it hoarded. In April 2014, the administration told the world it would only keep vulnerabilities back where its spooks thought it was vital for intelligence …
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Spanish judge dodges the ultimate question – is Uber a taxi company?

Uber will continue to ferry food around Barcelona but not people, as yet another court case involving the ride-sharing pseudo-taxi service is sent to the European Court of Justice. Last year, Spain banned the company following complaints from traditional taxi drivers. However, now a Barcelona judge has decided to let Europe’s …
Jennifer Baker, 22 Jul 2015
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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
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'Tough' UK public sector blamed in BT sales hiccup

Sales dropped 2 per cent to £17.85bn for telco giant BT's full-year results announced today, while profits increased 12 per cent to £3.17bn compared with the previous year. The company primarily blamed its drop in sales on the foreign exchange market, while attributing the profit boost to an efficiency and cost-cutting programme …
Kat Hall, 07 May 2015
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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