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Dome, sweet dome: UAE mulls Martian city here on Earth ahead of Red Planet colonization

Three years ago the United Arab Emirates announced plans to stage a manned mission to Mars. Now the kingdom plans to build a massive Mars colony in the desert to test out the technologies they will use to live there. The Mars Science City will be a series of domes with 1.9 million square feet of living space encompassing …
Iain Thomson, 28 Sep 2017
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Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

A royal edict from the president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) may have effectively made it illegal for anyone in the country to use a VPN or secure proxy service. Those caught could face jail time and fines of between 500,000 and 2,000,000 UAE dirham (US$136,130 and $544,521). The change was announced this week by the UAE …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2016

Hacker reveals lifestyles of the rich and famous in UAE bank pop

A hacker who appears to have cut and run has reportedly dumped bank information relating to thousands of a cashed-up United Arab Emirates bank customers. The hacker using the handle "Hacker Buba" claimed to local media to have popped Invest Bank before demanding US$3 million in ransom in order to withhold releasing the files …
Darren Pauli, 7 Dec 2015

How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

A bloke in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is facing hefty fines and possibly deportation after he swore at a colleague on WhatsApp, it is reported. He was ordered to cough up DHS 3,000 (£521, US$816) by the Mid-East nation's lower courts after he was found guilty of breaking cyber-crime laws by sending the insulting message. …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2015
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What's Jimmy Wales going to do with $500k from the UAE?

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales says he'll "start a foundation" to process a large amount of money he has received from the United Arab Emirates' regime. Christmas came early for Wales, and Tim Berners-Lee, earlier this month when they shared a $1m cash award from the Gulf state. The "Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Dec 2014
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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

US BACKDOORED our satellites, claim UAE

A French contract to supply intelligence satellites to the United Arab Emirates could be cancelled, with the UAE claiming it's discovered backdoors in US-supplied components of the birds. Defence News, which broke the story, claims that the $US930 million contract could be scrapped, according to high-level UAE sources, if the …
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World's largest solar collection plant opened in Abu Dhabi

Shams 1, the 100MW solar collector plant that's a cooperative venture between energy investor Masdar, French oil firm Total, Abengoa Solar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has officially opened for business. The 2.5 square kilometer Shams facility (named after the Arabic word for Sun) is technically the world's largest for …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2013

Telstra’s filter supplier also blocks for Qatar, Yemen, UAE

Updated: Telstra Responds, stops collection Netsweeper, the Internet filtering supplier linked to Telstra’s voluntary filter trial is also a supplier to the Yemen, the UAE and Qatar. Telstra’s URL data collection for users of its 3G data services was originally noted in Australian broadband community site Whirlpool and followed up by the Australian Network Operators …
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Emirates wedges national ID cards inside NFC phones

The United Arab Emirates has signed up local operator Etisalat with a view to getting the national ID card embedded into mobile phones. The memorandum of understanding, signed by the Emirates Identity Authority and Etisalat, sets out a plan for both parties to examine the feasibility of implementing the existing ID Card as an …
Bill Ray, 12 Apr 2012
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HDS drops the Ball at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

Hitachi Data Systems' CEO Jack Domme kicked off yesterday's Information Forum for partners by inviting on stage UK managing director Stephen Ball just 24 hours after his appointment. This ends the near five-month search for a successor to previous incumbent Steve Murphy, poached by HP in January to become UK sales director, …
Paul Kunert, 3 Jun 2011
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UAE looks to block BlackBerry mail, again

Small companies in the UAE will no longer be permitted to use BlackBerry email services, according to local reports, and access will be cut off in the next two weeks. The National, an Abu Dhabi paper, tells us that the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has issued guidelines saying that any company with fewer than 20 …
Bill Ray, 18 Apr 2011
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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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India claims access to BlackBerry comms

The Indian government is claiming that RIM has offered it access to instant messaging conversations within hours of a request, though access to email remains unresolved with time running out. India told Reuters that RIM has offered to provide transcripts of instant messaging sessions, with real-time interception available by …
Bill Ray, 4 Oct 2010
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BlackBerry bows to Saudi Arabia

RIM is to locate three servers within Saudi Arabia, putting them under the jurisdiction of local security forces and thus removing the necessity of the planned ban. That ban did come into effect briefly, with BlackBerry users in Saudi finding themselves bereft of email for several hours while a deal was put together. Now the …
Bill Ray, 9 Aug 2010
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700,000 Saudi BlackBerrys go silent noisy

Updated Saudi Arabia has carried out its threat to cut off BlackBerry users in the country, with 700,000 addicts reduced to talking on the phone and perhaps even doing some work. The Bangkok Post reports that the email service stopped working around midday after the government had made it abundantly clear that networks which failed to …
Bill Ray, 6 Aug 2010
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Indonesia joins BlackBerry wiretapping pile-on

Indonesia has joined Middle Eastern states to put pressure on RIM to provide authorities with BlackBerry interception capabilities. Today its communications regulator toned down earlier rhetoric, however, saying "so far there is absolutely no plan" to follow the UAE and Saudi Arabia in threatening to restrict BlackBerry …
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UAE to cut off BlackBerry users

The United Arab Emirates will impose a ban on the email service on RIM's BlackBerry devices from October 1st this year because it's just too secure to be allowed to exist. BlackBerry-fumblers will however still be able to make phone calls, use SMS and MMS and browse the web freely. The ban was announced yesterday, and comes …
Bill Ray, 2 Aug 2010

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