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DJI's drone geofences across Iraq and Syria. Screenshot from Google Earth map

Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

Drone bods DJI has quietly released a series of software updates that geofence off large areas of Iraq and Syria – indicating the Chinese firm is covertly helping the US war against Islamic extremists. The updates, quietly made to DJI’s Go app without any public fanfare, will prevent drones made by the firm from flying over …
Gareth Corfield, 26 Apr 2017
Iraq fake bomb detector in use

Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

So-called Advanced Detection Equipment (ADE) used by the Iraqi army to find explosives have been scrapped – more than three years after the devices were proved to be fakes. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered a halt to the use of the dowsing-rod-like gadgets after they failed to detect explosives on a truck that killed …
Iain Thomson, 26 Jul 2016
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Chilcot's IT spend: Tighter wallet than most public sector bods

Sir John Chilcot, who today delivered his much-awaited report into the Iraq war, ran an impressively tight ship when it came to IT spending. The IT and telecommunications spending for Chilcot’s six-volume, 2.6 million word report, which is published today, amounted to £695,300 over the Iraq Inquiry’s seven years of work, which …

Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

The Iraqi government is repeatedly shutting down the country's entire internet to prevent students from cheating in their exams. That is the extraordinary conclusion reached by infrastructure experts delving into why the country has experienced a series of three-hour blackouts at the same time each day for three days in a row …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 May 2016
Jamie Bartlett delivering Register Summer Lecture

Reg Winter Lecture: Former Iraq hostage talks survival and tech

Reg Events If you’re dreading the pressure cooker of a family Christmas, we challenge you to change your perspective by coming to our 1 December lecture with SQL specialist and former Iraq hostage, Peter Moore. Long-time Reg reader Peter Moore will be telling us how he went to the office one day in 2007 to work on a finance system for …
Joe Fay, 5 Nov 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 …

UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has placed an order for 10,000 flat-pack IKEA refugee shelters. Following an 18 month trial in Ethiopia and Iraq, the 10,000 Better Shelter units are set to be deployed to Iraq, where more than 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes since January 2014, mostly fleeing …

Iraq civil war: You can fight with an AK-47 ... or a HOME-COOKED Trojan

Iraq's bloody civil war has spilled over onto the internet, notes a researcher that has spotted a large increase in cyber-espionage tools and other forms of malware. Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) group have made extensive use of social media to spread slickly produced propaganda as an accompaniment to …
John Leyden, 1 Jul 2014
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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

Exclusive The Register has obtained a list of the websites which are still blocked by the Iraqi government despite its decision to lift partial and total internet blockades around the country. Although the Ministry of Communications appears to have gone back on its decision to restrict access to Facebook and Twitter, ISPs have been told …
Jasper Hamill, 1 Jul 2014
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ISIS: Iraq KILLS the INTERNET: VPNs, social media and chat apps blocked by government

Iraq has widened its internet ban to include virtual private networks and mobile data in a bid to halt the progress of brutal offensives in the country led by the extremist militant group calling itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis). Described as "fascist" and "criminal" by Jon Snow of Channel 4 News, Isis …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jun 2014

Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter

Iraqis appear to have been blocked from using Twitter and Facebook after the Islamist insurgent group ISIS, now in control of much of the country, thanked Allah for social networking. Known for using extreme violence in its bid to set up a medieval Islamic state on the borders of Iraq and Syria, ISIS is as prolific on social …
Jasper Hamill, 13 Jun 2014
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Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors

A British businessman who netted an estimated £60m selling cheap US novelty dowsing rods as sophisticated bomb and drug sniffing devices for up to $30,000 apiece has been jailed for 10 years. Crown prosecutors claim James McCormick, 57, used a combination of salesmanship and bribery to sell a range of Advanced Detection …
Iain Thomson, 2 May 2013

Peter Moore: IT consultant, Iraq hostage - Part Two

When we last left IT consultant point Peter Moore, he had spent over a year in the hands of an Iraqi Shi'ite militia, being shuffled around from building to building as his captors sought to evade coalition forces. Moore spent much of his time chained, handcuffed, blindfolded, and separated from the four British guards with whom …
Iain Thomson, 28 Nov 2012

Peter Moore: IT consultant and Iraq hostage – Part One

Interview On May 29, 2007, IT consultant Peter Moore and four British guards were taken hostage by an Iraqi militia during what was supposed to be a quick three-month posting to Baghdad. It would be another 946 days before he was released. During his years of imprisonment, Moore endured solitary confinement, mock executions, and the …
Iain Thomson, 27 Nov 2012
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British IT consultant talks of his three years as an Iraqi hostage

Peter Moore, the British IT consultant who spent 946 days as a hostage in Iraq, has been telling users of Reddit.com about the highs and lows of his stint as the country's longest-serving hostage. Moore, an IT consultant who specializes in overseas work in developing countries, spent 31 months as a captive of Shi'ite militia …
Iain Thomson, 28 Oct 2012
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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 …
Bill Ray, 3 Sep 2012
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Microsoft invades Iraq, installs first distributor

Microsoft is officially open for business in Iraq, reportedly opening its first local distributor. The world’s largest software company has named Baghdad-based Legend Lands (Beqaa Al-Estora) as its partner for the war-torn country. Microsoft manager of business development for emerging markets, Rajai el-Khadem, reportedly …
Gavin Clarke, 29 May 2012
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Private Manning keeps mum at Wikileaks plea hearing

WikiLeaks suspect Private Bradley Manning declined to enter a plea on Thursday at the start of his court martial over charges that he had handed over reams of US Army classified data to the website, AP reported from the court. The 24-year-old was formally charged with 22 counts in the court appearance, including aiding the …

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