Tag Archives: middle-east

Israli army tweets entire war in ‘livetime’

The Israli Defence Forces (IDF) are tweeting an entire war in what it is calling ‘livetime’ – the same as realtime.

Anyone worried about the possible fallout can take refuge (these are some appalling war puns for which I must apologise) in the fact that the war in question ended 45 years ago.

What is happening is that the IDF is tweeting key events from the Six Day War, that took place from June 5 to 10, 1967.

“In response to repeated provocations by Egypt, the State of Israel and the IDF are going to war. We will not sit idly as the enemy forces tighten the noose around our necks,” the first tweet on Wednesday said.

You can follow the action here.

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Is the US Government hacking Microsoft from within?

A recent news story in PC Pro details the theory that the US Government might have been infiltrating Microsoft, planting moles within the IT-giant with the aim of helping the country’s cyber-espionage programme.

PC Pro have asked IT security expert Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at security firm F-Secure, for his opinion in the wake of the recent Flame virus that infected computers in the Middle East. Flame used confidential Microsoft certificates to gain access to the computers. That, along with other facts, has made Hypponen convinced that the virus was planted by a US government branch like the NSA and that they would have to have an insider at Microsoft to gain access to the certificates.

“That must make Microsoft mad as hell that its most critical system, used by 900 million of its customers, was breached by fellow Americans,” he said to PC Pro.

“It’s plausible that if there is an operation under way and being run by a US intelligence agency it would make perfect sense for them to plant moles inside Microsoft to assist in pulling it off, just as they would in any other undercover operation,” he said

Iran builds reverse ancient American chopper

Iran seems to have a thing about reverse engineering. Previously, the country said it was in the process of reverse engineering an American drone and now it turns out that they are ready to launch another feat of reverse engineering. This feat has, however, been some time in the coming.

The reversed object in questions is the American Bell AH-1 Cobra helicopter.

Most of us have probably seen the Cobra before. It was one of the helicopters used by US forces in the Vietnam War. Yep, it’s that old.

The homegrown Cobras will be armed with “different types of home-made caliber guns, rockets and missiles,” according to the Fars news agency

Here’s betting one of them will be a Tommy Gun….