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Iran’s Leafminer Is Tehran’s Latest Proxy Hacking Group With Ambitious Espionage Agenda

U.S. cyber security company Symantec has revealed the existence of a new Iranian proxy hacking group they have named ‘Leafminer’ and that have been operating since early 2017. Leafminer is engaged in cyber espionage against government and commercial targets throughout the Middle East, to include Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Israel, UAE, …

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Oman And India To Collaborate On Space Projects

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Oman in February 2018 has resulted in the release of a joint statement by Muscat and New Delhi identifying space as one of several sectors in which the two nations could collaborate. As a result of Modi’s visit earlier this year, a Memorandum …

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Saudi Cyber Warfare Expertise To Be Enhanced By Keith Alexander’s IronNet Cybersecurity

The Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies – an institution named after the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman – has signed a partnership agreement with IronNet Cybersecurity, the U.S.-based cyber advisory firm founded and headed by General Keith Alexander, U.S. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: A Forgotten Disc. A Path to Peace. by Michelle Hanlon

Nestled inside a protective aluminum shell is a silicon disc about the size of a United States half dollar.  Inscribed on this disc are microscopic messages from leaders of 73 nations solicited by Thomas Paine, then head of NASA.  The messages, intended to be left on the Moon for posterity, …

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UAE’s Khalifasat Earth Observation Satellite Will Be Launched From Japan By End Of 2018

Prelaunch preparations are underway to ready KhalifaSat for launch into orbit before the end of the year from a launch facility in Japan aboard a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA satellite launch vehicle, according to the Director-General of the UAE Space Agency. Khalifasat is the first satellite to be wholly …

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Israel’s Gilat Selected By Australia’s Telstra To Provide Satellite Backhaul Solution In Rural Areas

Israel’s Gilat has been selected by Australian telecommunications giant Telstra to provide its satellite backhaul solutions in order to provide 4G mobile telephone coverage in some of Australia’s most isolated and rural areas. Gilat have been selected by Telstra because it was assessed that their solutions could be integrated into …

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UAE Space Agency Signs Agreement With NASA For Human Spaceflight Assistance

The UAE Space Agency has signed an agreement with the U.S. space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to cooperate in the peaceful uses of outer space and with the new UAE Astronaut Programme. The letter of intent was signed by Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director-General of the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Andrea Jaime of Space Generation Advisory Council

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is carrying out critical work in terms of inspiring and guiding young people that wish to forge careers in the space industry. This support is provided by a dedicated team working at SGAC that are constantly focused on the delivery of the organisation’s vision. …

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