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How to be friends with the NSA again

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Relations between Silicon Valley and Washington have never been easy, but the technology sector’s fury about hacking by the National Security Agency has company executives talking about the U.S. government as its new adversary.

After reports in March that the NSA had masqueraded as a Facebook server to hack into an unknown number of computers, Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to protest. He then vented his anger in a Facebook post, writing, “When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we are protecting you against criminals, not our own government.”

Technology companies and service providers vow they will not voluntarily share information with the government and are racing to encrypt more data. Revelations by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have also derailed discussions about how business and government might work together to stop cybercrimes, says BusinessWeek.

For years, the tech sector wasn’t sure why it should sully itself with Washington. Google set up a single lobbyist in the capital as late as 2005. Nevertheless, in 2013, the tech sector was the fourth-largest spender on D.C. lobbying, a few million dollars behind the oil and gas industry.

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There is still a lot we do not know about relations between the NSA and American companies, including how much personal data was voluntarily shared by the tech sector and the more accommodating telecommunications providers, and how much came from the NSA’s hacking into companies’ data. Allied governments and foreign companies believe the worst. On June 26, Germany announced it would not renew a contract with Verizon over concern that the company could not keep data from the U.S. government. Afraid of losing overseas markets, tech leaders have become increasingly vocal about their frustration and their intention to challenge Washington on every issue.

The government has to do the lion’s share of the work to restore even minimal trust. Much like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does with infectious diseases, a government-run central clearinghouse could spread the word about vulnerabilities and cyber-attacks. Only Washington can build the law enforcement networks capable of tracking cybercriminals globally, press for stronger intellectual property protections in trade agreements, negotiate treaties and international guidelines to constrain cyber-attacks, and appeal to other governments for help to stop them.

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India, Israel discuss counter-terrorism, homeland security

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NEW DELHI: India and Israel today discussed the implementation of agreement on counter-terrorism and homeland security between the two countries. Israel’s Ambassador to India Daniel Carmon met Home with Minister Rajnath Singh and told him that Israel is looking forward to a meaningful cooperation with India in the area of homeland security.

The Home Minister welcomed the ceasefire in Gaza and hoped that it would usher in peace and tranquility in the region that would be beneficial for both the sides.

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The ambassador agreed with the Home Minister and underscored the mutual values and concerns both countries share. “We have also discussed how to implement the agreement on counter-terror and homeland security that Israel and India have already signed,” said Ambassador Carmon.

According to Economic Times, India and Israel have agreements on homeland and public security, on protection of classified materials and information, and on a mutual legal assistance treaty in criminal matters.

Replying to queries, the ambassador said “the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is definitely a danger to free world and India and Israel are part of the free world,” he said.
The Ambassador has invited the Home Minister to attend the third Israel Homeland Security International Conference and Exhibition to be held in Tel Aviv during November this year.

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Beware the risks of government data center consolidation

28625925_sThe United States government, like all of us, is trying to save a little cash and make its day-to-day operations a little more efficient.

In an effort to cut costs, Washington is consolidating its data centers, and though consolidation is a smart move, data centers – both federal and otherwise – invite specific risks when they are merged. How those risks are managed will ultimately determine the success of the mandate, the nextgov.com reports.

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Federal data centers have been all over the news recently, mostly because of their involvement in collecting and processing clandestine information that only a select few government officials (and one Ed Snowden) get to be privy to.

But on a more banal note, the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has recently joined the Obama administration in urging federal agencies to consolidate their data centers.

This committee just approved a bill that requires federal agencies to report on their consolidation efforts, sparked by an initial goal of engineering $3 billion in savings by 2015 to be realized by closing 40 percent of their existing data centers.

Data center consolidation is, point blank, a good idea. Whether you’re concerned about costs, energy usage or environmental impact, all sound reasoning recommends the practice. Fewer data centers mean lower real estate costs, lower energy bills and lower environmental impact.

But data center consolidation in the government also has hurdles to overcome.

One of the main barriers to data center consolidation is that it is logistically a complicated endeavor – and particularly so if multiple, disparate agencies need to comply.

But even after the messy business of merging, consolidated data centers may be exposed to elevated risks.

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IAF shoots down Syrian Yasir UAV

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A Syrian Air force unmanned air systems (UAS) that entered the Israeli airspace was shot down by a Patriot missile.

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The Yasir Iranian-made UAV was detected after crossing the border, and the Israeli Air Force launched a Patriot missile that shot it down. Israeli sources assess that the UAV was operated to gather data about the rebel forces in Syria.

On July 14 An Israeli Air Force (IAF) Patriot surface-to-air missile has shot down a small drone that was launched by the Hamas terror Army and navy units have collected the debris. Sources said that it seems that the drone was launched just to check the Israeli reaction time.

Intelligence sources have said in recent months that Hamas is making an effort to deploy unmanned aerial systems and to arm them with explosives. The IAF is adapting some of its systems and adding others, to be ready for a widespread unmanned air systems (UAS) attack on targets inside Israel in future military confrontations.

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UASs flew into Israeli airspace from Lebanon on at least two occasions in 2012 and 2013, apparently on photography missions and attempts to probe air defenses. They were shot down by IAF fighter aircraft

Israeli sources said that the threat, especially from Lebanon, may range from radio controlled drones carrying small explosive charges to UAS carrying payloads of hundreds of kilos. According to well-informed sources, Israel believes that the Hezbollah in Lebanon received some heavy Iran-made UASs, as Iran is the organization’s patron.

The IAF preparedness includes systems that can detects small UASs before they cross the border and systems that can shoot them down immediately after detection. While the main UAS threat is from Lebanon the IAF has taken into account a similar threat from the Gaza Strip. Different systems were deployed and they were used to the intercept of the drone.

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The Yasir Iranian-made UAV was detected after crossing the border, and the Israeli Air Force launched a Patriot missile that shot it down. Israeli sources assess that the UAV was operated to gather data about the rebel forces in Syria.

On July 14 An Israeli Air Force (IAF) Patriot surface-to-air missile has shot down a small drone that was launched by the Hamas terror Army and navy units have collected the debris. Sources said that it seems that the drone was launched just to check the Israeli reaction time.

Intelligence sources have said in recent months that Hamas is making an effort to deploy unmanned aerial systems and to arm them with explosives. The IAF is adapting some of its systems and adding others, to be ready for a widespread unmanned air systems (UAS) attack on targets inside Israel in future military confrontations.

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UASs flew into Israeli airspace from Lebanon on at least two occasions in 2012 and 2013, apparently on photography missions and attempts to probe air defenses. They were shot down by IAF fighter aircraft

Israeli sources said that the threat, especially from Lebanon, may range from radio controlled drones carrying small explosive charges to UAS carrying payloads of hundreds of kilos. According to well-informed sources, Israel believes that the Hezbollah in Lebanon received some heavy Iran-made UASs, as Iran is the organization’s patron.

The IAF preparedness includes systems that can detects small UASs before they cross the border and systems that can shoot them down immediately after detection. While the main UAS threat is from Lebanon the IAF has taken into account a similar threat from the Gaza Strip. Different systems were deployed and they were used to the intercept of the drone.

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iHLS Worldwide News – Keeping You In the Loop

  • 30364273_sSecretary   of  State John Kerry urge world powers to unite against “the cancer f ISIS”,  saying the only way to defeat tem is for the world to come together to oppose them.
  • Saudi’s King Abdullah says the threat of terrorism would reach Europe and the US if it is not confronted on an international scale.
  •  The US has begun delivering $20 million worth arms to the Lebanese army, including assault rifles, anti-tank missiles and mortars. The supply of arms began after Islamist extremists seized a border town for several days this month.

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  •   Iceland told airlines to be vigilant following a volcanic eruption this weekend. Iceland’s Met Office issues an orange alert, indicating that the Barbarbunga volcano has shown “escalating unrest”.
  • Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls are being sold by ISIS to its fighters in Syria, says the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, a UK based monitoring group. CNN reports ISIS has sold about 300 Yazidi girls and women abducted in Iraq.
  • The West African country of Senegal has confirmed its first Ebola case. Senegal is the fifth country in the region where the virus has been spreading.
  • Ukranian forces claim one of its fighter jets has been shot by Russian missiles in eastern Ukraine on Friday. The statement the SU-25 jet was hit and the pilot has ejected unhurt. The EU is now considering imposing new sanctions against Russia.

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Israeli Firefighters in Greece

Photo: Moshe Amar, Fire and Rescue

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A delegation of 8 officers and volunteers travelled to Greece to assist local firefighters in putting forest fires out as part of strengthening the cooperation between the two countries.

The visit and cooperation follow the state visit to Greece by Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich in June 2013, during which the two countries mutually agreed, inter alia, on closer cooperation between their respective firefighting services. A high ranking Greek firefighting delegation, headed by Greece’s firefighting chief commissioner, made a return visit to Israel later on. In June 2014, an Israeli delegation headed by Fire & Rescue Commissioner Shahar Ayalon reached Greece to observe the international EU “Prometheus 2014″ firefighting drill and maneuvers.

In the course of their meeting in Athens, the Israeli and Greek commissioners concluded that a delegation of Greek firefighters will arrive in Israel this summer. This delegation will be incorporated into various ongoing operations, with an emphasis on open areas.

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The Israeli delegation, comprising of 5 officers and 3 volunteers, is staying at the Emak police base in Elefsina. During their stay, they have been divided into two teams which operate on a 24/24 basis. They have already taken part in firefighting operations against forest fires at the island of Kefalonia.

Major Moshe Amar, Chief instructor at the national fire and rescue academy and one of the heads of the Israeli delegation: “my team was sent on the double at 5 AM to a fire on the island of Kefalunia by helicopter. We flew for about two hours, and then drove to the fire. We worked alongside the local teams. Then, we slept on site at the forest and went back to base by ferry and by the local firefighters’ bus. The journey back took five hours. We came back the following day at four after 35 hours of a truly fascinating experience, albeit exhausted. There is no doubt the Greek firefighters work very hard. They do things completely differently here”.

The Israeli teams also helped firefighting efforts in Delfino, about three hours from the unit base, where they assisted in putting out major forest fires in the southern tip of the Peloponnese.

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The Israeli delegation, comprising of 5 officers and 3 volunteers, is staying at the Emak police base in Elefsina. During their stay, they have been divided into two teams which operate on a 24/24 basis. They have already taken part in firefighting operations against forest fires at the island of Kefalonia.

Major Moshe Amar, Chief instructor at the national fire and rescue academy and one of the heads of the Israeli delegation: “my team was sent on the double at 5 AM to a fire on the island of Kefalunia by helicopter. We flew for about two hours, and then drove to the fire. We worked alongside the local teams. Then, we slept on site at the forest and went back to base by ferry and by the local firefighters’ bus. The journey back took five hours. We came back the following day at four after 35 hours of a truly fascinating experience, albeit exhausted. There is no doubt the Greek firefighters work very hard. They do things completely differently here”.

The Israeli teams also helped firefighting efforts in Delfino, about three hours from the unit base, where they assisted in putting out major forest fires in the southern tip of the Peloponnese.

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Sony to begin developing drones

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Sony officials say they have begun developing unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones.

Sony holds the leading global market share for sensors that work like human eyes. They are used in digital cameras and other devices.

Sony wants to expand the use of the technology to drones.

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Sony is considering the development of drones equipped with these sensors to inspect infrastructure such as aging tunnels and bridges. The drones can also be used to check how agricultural crops are growing.

Analysts say that the economic effect of drones will be over 76 billion dollars in the US alone by 2025.

According to sUAS, the new project may help Sony rebuild its finances, as its television business has been in the red for the past 10 years.

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Israeli Counter-Sniper Systems

FTRESnipers fired on the Israeli army in Gaza and they may soon be a threat in northern Israel. The Israeli industry has developed some systems that are used to hunt snipers down.

One way of dealing with the problem is the fast detection of the sniper’s position so that counter fire would neutralize his ability to continue his precise fire. RAFAEL has developed a system that helps ground forces to locate snipers.

The SpotLite-P is an electro-optical system for detecting, locating, investigating and neutralizing small-arms fire sources. The system has been designed for the platoon, company and battalion level, for patrol and reconnaissance units as well as for sniper forces, for stationary situations and for combat on the move.

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The system was originally built in cooperation with an “operational client” in order to facilitate combatants to deal with enemy spotting and efficient and agile management of own forces fire with the aim of attaining fast neutralization of target without causing collateral damage.

The system enables the spotting of fire sources with a high level of precision, investigating them and relaying these targets to sniper forces or other shooters in order to swiftly and efficiently close the sensor-to-shooter circuit, all within the low tactical level.

The system is the result of a joint project financed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the USA army. In the development RAFAEL has implemented its vast know how in image processing. The SpotLite-P is small in size and weight, consumes very little power and may be carried by two soldiers.

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Security flaws found in body X-ray scanners used in U.S gov’t facilities

scannerA team of university researchers said, in lab tests, they were able to hide firearms and other contraband from full-body, backscatter X-ray machines that were used at U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013.This according to a report in Fierce Homeland Security.
The researchers said they successfully concealed firearms and plastic explosive simulants from a Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner, which has since been removed from airports due to privacy concerns, according to a press release from the University of California, San Diego.

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UCSD conducted the tests along with researchers from the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Researchers were also able to modify the scanner’s operating software, resulting in an “all-clear” image to the operator even when hidden devices or contraband was detected,
“Frankly, we were shocked by what we found,” J. Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan computer science professor, said in the release. “A clever attacker can smuggle contraband past the machines using surprisingly low-tech techniques.”
Researchers said they shared their findings with the Homeland Security Department and Rapiscan, which made the scanners, in May.
In an emailed statement, TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein said the technology that TSA acquires “goes through a rigorous testing and evaluation process, along with certification and accreditation.”
In 2013, the TSA removed about 250 of these scanners following a public outcry that the machines invaded people’s privacy because they displayed nude images of travelers. However, the machines were repurposed at jails, courthouses and other government facilities, said researchers, who added that changes should be made to screening procedures to reduce scanners’ blind spots.
The research team bought a government-surplus machine on eBay for its tests.

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iHLST TV Special Edition - Ebola: the new epidemic that is a global menace


The Ebola epidemic is continuing to spread, with the current death toll at 1500 and the number of patients estimated at 2500. This outbreak is attributed to the death of a two-year old in the beginning of December 2013 at Meliandou in south-east Guinea. The outbreak has also claimed the lives of many members of medical teams, including 15 nurses all from the same hospital in Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Organization, some 600 Ebola patients died as a result of this deadly virus in Liberia, 500 in Guinea, 400 in Sierra Leone and numerous others in additional African countries. The symptoms of this disease are high fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Unfortunately, in the absence of any viable cure, the death rate currently stands at 90%.

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