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Israel Defence Forces Will Not Create a Cyber Command, But Will Strengthen Military Cyber Defences

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has decided not to create a unified cyber command that would have placed its signals intelligence collection, offensive cyber operations, and cyber defence units under one central military organisation that would have been the equivalent of Israel’s land, sea, and air forces. Instead, the IDF …

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WannaCry Ransomware Attack Wreaks Global Havoc, but Limited Damage in the Middle East So Far

The ransomware cyber-attack that occurred on May 12, 2017, has wreaked global havoc as computers using the Microsoft Windows XP and 2003 operating systems had their data encrypted by unknown perpetrators who demanded victims pay a ransom for their data to be decrypted. To date, cyber security experts and researchers …

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Smart Africa Alliance and Inmarsat Developing Blueprint for Digital Services Across the Continent

Inmarsat announced on May 10, 2017, that, in conjunction with the government of the Republic of Rwanda, it is launching a series of digital service initiatives across the capital, Kigali, a city of more than one million people. As part of the digital services initiatives, Inmarsat today also signed a …

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Iranian-Linked ‘OilRig’ Hacker Group Accused of Cyber Espionage Operation Against Israel

Numerous cyber security researchers are claiming that a short-lived yet sophisticated cyber espionage operation against Israeli technology, medical, defence, and academic targets was carried out by a group dubbed OilRig that is linked to Iran’s intelligence agencies. OilRig have previously been linked to other operations carried out against Gulf Cooperation …

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Israel’s Cyber Warfare Outfit – Unit 8200 – Gets New Commander

Unit 8200, the cyber warfare organisation in the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), has a new commander. Identified only as Brigadier-General ‘K’, he replaced Brigadier-General ‘S’ at a change-of-command ceremony at the Unit 8200’s home base at Gelilot, north of Tel Aviv. Unit 8200 is the unofficial name for what is …

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Israel’s Netanyahu Visits China, Discusses Cyber, Science, and Technology Cooperation, Investments

Following immediately on the heels of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading a delegation to China, arriving on March 19, 2017, in order to discuss and enhance strategic and economic ties between the two countries. Among the various topics to be discussed between Israel and …

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Italy’s Leonardo and UAE’s International Golden Group Partner for Cyber Security in The Middle East

Leonardo and the International Golden Group (IGG) have signed a strategic collaboration agreement in the United Arab Emirates to meet new cyber security requirements. Leonardo and IGG will collaborate in the design and implementation of Security Operations Centres (SOCs) for the protection of infrastructure and organisations. The agreement was signed at …

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Israel’s IAI introduces ADA – A new system designed for hardening GPS systems against jamming

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is unveiling ADA – an advanced system that protects avionic systems from GPS jamming. ADA has already been integrated into several systems and platforms operating both in Israel and abroad. The ADA system recently won a tender from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, for integration into one …

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Israeli soldiers fall victim to Hamas information operation on Facebook

Geopolitical and sectarian strife across the Middle East region has become an incubator for innovative, sophisticated, and damaging cyber attacks and information campaigns by all sides. Obviously, state actors are highly active and skilled in these kinds of operations, but increasingly so too are non-state actors, such as terrorist organisations. …

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