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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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U.S. Intelligence Voices Concerns About Iranian Satellite Jamming and Spoofing Capabilities

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, voiced growing U.S. concerns about Iranian satellite jamming and spoofing activity in testimony he gave to the U.S. Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence in Washington, DC, on May 11, 2017. The testimony by Mr. Coats was part of the annual briefing on …

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Algeria Telecom Satellite Hosts Arabsat for SATCOM Workshop

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization, Arabsat, in cooperation with Algeria Telecom Satellite (ATS), are holding a workshop in Algiers  May 15-16, 2017. Arabsat will showcase its satellites and latest capabilities that demonstrate how Arabsat can provide up-to-date technical solutions for satellite telecommunications and Internet services covering the entire Algerian territory. …

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Inmarsat and Actility Deploy City-Wide Internet of Things Network in Kigali to Support Smart City Initiative

Inmarsat will deploy LoRaWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) infrastructure around the city of Kigali to support the Rwandan capital’s flagship smart city project. The network, which will be active for an initial period of a year from May 1, 2017, will be the connectivity platform for a variety of Internet …

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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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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: One Belt One Road One Space by Muhammad Furqan

China has big ambitious with the Silk Road strategy.  Muhammad Furqan, satellite industry writer and analyst, shares his opinion on this fascinating subject. The United States withdrawal from the Trans Pacific Partnership of 12 economies, comprising 40% of World’s total GDP, has created a void of leadership and has made the …

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