Articles about Middle East

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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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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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 …
Bill Ray, 3 Sep 2012
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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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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, …
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Facebook, Twitter just tools in Arab Spring

LCC Twitter and Facebook didn’t start the revolutions in the Middle East, but they did accelerate them, according to Yemeni activist Atiaf Alwazir. Speaking at the London Conference on Cyberspace, Alwazir told delegates that people were the real agents of change in the region, but the internet has helped to speed up their …
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YouTube seeks workers for fun times, cosy chats and ... political unrest

There might be carnage going on over at AOL today, but things are looking decidedly rosier for anyone seeking a job at Google's yet-to-turn-profit video-sharing site YouTube. Google said it is now hiring at YouTube, and plans to considerably bump up its workforce. "2010 was a bang-up year," said the company. "And in 2011, we …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Mar 2011
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Voice of America chap ejaculates over Paris Hilton

Our revelation last week that the US of A will attempt to win Middle Eastern hearts and minds by pumping out a weekly celebtastic show featuring the antics of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears didn't go down too well at the Voice Of America. It appears we were too quick to condemn Splash News and Pictures' …
Lester Haines, 14 Sep 2010
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US government recruits Paris Hilton

In what is evidently an attempt to mitigate the damage caused by Koran-burning pastors, the US government will attempt to dissuade outraged citizens of the Middle East from joining al-Qaeda by beaming Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and Britney Spears across the Voice of America's airwaves. According to Press Gazette, Splash News …
Lester Haines, 10 Sep 2010
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Bing shies away from gay-as-day search results in Arab countries

Microsoft's Bing search engine blocks out "sexually explicit" results and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender queries in Arab countries, claimed the Open Net Initiative late last week. The group carried out a test in January of Bing as intended for Middle Eastern sensibilities and found that it filtered Arabic and English …
Kelly Fiveash, 8 Mar 2010
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Yahoo! to! buy! Arab! world's! biggest! online! portal!

Yahoo! announced today that it plans to buy the biggest online community in the Arab world - Maktoob.com - for an undisclosed sum. The Dubai-based online portal claims to have 16.5m users throughout the region. "This acquisition will accelerate Yahoo!'s strategy of expanding in high-growth emerging markets where we believe …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Aug 2009
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Vikings' bleeding-edge tech came from Afghanistan

Boffins at the UK's famous National Physical Laboratory (NPL) - birthplace of the Dambusters' bouncing bomb and perhaps the internet - say they have used an electron microscope to analyse Viking swords. In a surprise twist, it turns out that the old-time Scandinavian pests, many of whom moved to England to become our ancestors, …
Lewis Page, 6 Jan 2009
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HP waves goodbye to 9,300 EMEA employees

Hewlett-Packard will cut 9,300 jobs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, following its $13.9bn takeover of EDS in August. The firm confirmed last week that 24,600 jobs, or 7.5 per cent of its workforce, would be axed worldwide. European trade union groups today lambasted the company’s decision to slash so many jobs in the …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Sep 2008
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US woman celebrates cloning of 'precious Booger'

South Korean scientists have performed the first commercial dog cloning, making five copies of a US woman's pit bull terrier called Booger. Bernann McKinney flew to Seoul to meet the five puppies born late last month to two surrogate mothers. She paid $50,000 for five copies of Booger created from cells from the deceased dog's …
John Oates, 5 Aug 2008
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Acer uses Europe, Asia to bounce past profit forecasts

Acer today reported a better than expected rise in second quarter profits after increasing its market share in Europe and Asia. Net profit was up 47 per cent to NT$2.92bn ($95m), or NT$1.17 a share, from NT$1.98bn, or 76 cents, a year earlier. Analysts had forecast NT$2.62bn for the company's Q2. The Taiwanese computer maker …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Jul 2008
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Ingram's second quarter cheers

Super distie Ingram Micro increased sales to $8.82bn for the quarter ended 28 June 2008 compared to $8.19bn for the same period last year. Sales were helped by a six per cent improvement in currency exchange rates. Net income in the second quarter was $58.9m, compared to $52.4m last year. Ingram spend $5.5m on reducing costs …
John Oates, 25 Jul 2008

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