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June 26, 2016 / 20 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘drone’

Islamic Jihad Terrorist is Alleged ‘SuperHacker’ Into Israeli Aerial Systems

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

An operative with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization has been indicted on a host of charges relating to his ability to hack into military and civilian computer systems.

Known as the “computer administrator” of the PIJ, the suspect was recruited by the terrorist group in 2001 while working as a radio broadcaster. According to a statement released Wednesday by the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency, the alleged hacker was indicted on charges of “espionage, conspiracy to pass information to an enemy, hacking computer material, and more.”

The suspect also holds the position of chairman in the “Palestinian Talent Society.” He was arrested February 23 while traveling to meet with young candidates from the Palestinian Authority for a television vocalist competition.

He allegedly managed to hack into IDF drones flying over Gaza, according to the charges filed in the indictment. He also allegedly succeeded in accessing the data on unmanned aerial vehicles flown by the IDF over the region. In addition, the hacker allegedly gave the data and footage produced by the cameras on the drones to his handlers.

Moreover, the hacker was allegedly able to access footage from highway cameras inside Israel. Through his ability to access information, the terrorist was able to obtain data on deployment of Israeli security forces and civilian personnel during rocket strikes and wars in Gaza, according to the indictment.

The suspect also allegedly developed an application that compiled data on movement of aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport. The application is said to have provided data on passenger lists, plane types and weights, and arrival and departures times.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Drones Allegedly Seen in Syrian Skies

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Residents of Latakia have reported seeing Israeli drones flying in the skies overhead, according to local sources quoted in social media.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed Monday that his own forces were using the drones to carry out reconnaissance on opposition forces.

Photos of rebel positions were posted to Syrian social media sites. Some of the commentators on the sites have been theorizing that Israel sold the drones to Russia, who then gifted them to Assad.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Hamas Military Wing Claims Capture of Israeli Drone

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

The military wing of Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization, the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced it has captured an Israeli drone which crashed on the outskirts of Beit Lahiya on Saturday night.

According to the report by Iran’s Press TV, another UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) was picked up by Hamas this past July in northern Gaza.

Hamas claimed its operatives were able to dissemble the “Skylark-1″ and then rebuild the drone.

Hamas officials have not issued any comment on the report, according to the Iranian news service, which did not show any image of the UAV that was allegedly captured.

The Israel Defense Ministry and Israel Defense Forces do not comment on such reports.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s Civil Aviation Authority Bans Flights over Bar Refaeli’s Wedding

Friday, September 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) According to an official statement received by all licensees of the Israeli of Civil Aviation Authority, on Thursday, September 24, from 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM the next day, no aircraft will be allowed to fly over the Yaarot Hacarmel (Carmel Forests) hotel area—where the chupah ceremony of Bar Refaeli and her businessman boyfriend Adi Ezra will be held and then some. The luxury hotel is ensconced in a thick forest, hence its name.

A police official approached by Israel’s Channel 2 News was not aware of the aviation ruling. “I can not believe someone has issued such a directive,” he said. “We have not been updated on this by the Civil Aviation Authority or by representatives of Bar’s production company.”

Another police source told Channel 2: “With all due respect to Bar Refaeli, what would happen if we’ll need, for example, to conduct an air chase after suspects in the area, you think we’d seek approval from anyone? I have never encountered anything like this in all my work in the police. I can’t believe such a thing would have been approved for an ordinary civilian.”

However, police sources did confirm that the wedding’s production company has asked to hire a limited number of police officers to assist in directing traffic to the event.

According to Channel 2, no fewer than two helicopters and six unmanned drones will patrol over the event, to actively challenge any media chopper that may attempt to snap the ceremony.

According to the Ministry of Transport, which is in charge of the Civil Aviation Authority, these safety guidelines are issued whenever there are unmanned aircraft flights over a specific area. The ministry’s apokesperson said the guidelines were published in accordance with the rules of the Civil Aviation Authority as prescribed by law. That is the law of the State of Israel, not of Bar Refaeli.

Refaeli’s previous most high-profile relationship was with Leonardo DiCaprio, whom she split from for good back in 2011.

There were no specific references in the Civil Aviation announcement regarding a DiCaprio flying over the chupah.

JNi.Media

Lebanon Claims IAF Bombed Fallen Israeli Drone in Beka’a

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Lebanon is blaming Israel for what it claimed was an air strike early Sunday on a crashed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, or drone) in the western Beka’a Valley.

According to a report broadcast on the Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar TV channel, an Israeli reconnaissance drone allegedly crashed overnight in a remote area of the valley.  Lebanese security source told Al-Manar the IAF targeted in the drone in an air strike early Sunday in order to ensure it would be destroyed, but gave no further details.

The official Lebanese news agency reported that an explosion was heard in the area and that witnesses reported air strikes as well. Lebanese military personnel traveled to the site of the crash to inspect the remains, according to the report, but no further details were provided. A “proper investigation” is yet to be carried out, the sources said. No information was provided on whether or not there were any casualties.

Lebanese security sources told the Reuters news agency that a blast near the town of Saghbein “is still not 100 percent clear” but added that “most probably it was an Israeli strike to destroy their drone.”

Earlier in the day, Aljazeera had also reported the IAF had attacked the area but like others added few details.

Despite all of the above, however, a report published Sunday in the Lebanese Daily Star indicates the truth may be different. Photos of the reported drone published on media websites “show Cyrillic script on a piece of the wreckage, indicating that the drone may have been manufactured either in Russia or elsewhere in Eastern Europe,” the website reported.

Local sources claimed Israel was flying drones over southern Lebanon and Mount Hermon throughout the day on Sunday, but the reports were unconfirmed.

Residents of the area said they spotted an Israeli plane hovering over the southern region near Adloun just moments before the explosion, and eyewitnesses in the area told the Daily Star they saw planes coming from the direction of Mount Hermon. No casualties were reported.

Israeli military sources have declined to comment.

Hana Levi Julian

Unidentified Drones Fly Over Paris Landmarks, US Embassy

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Five unidentified drones were spotted overnight Tuesday flying over flying over various iconic sites in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower – and the U.S. Embassy. It is not clear who sent the drones, nor do authorities know where they went after collecting data.

Officials are “taking this very seriously,” according to news media but because “it’s so easy to buy these drones nowadays” pundits added there was little more to be done.

French police, however, expressed concern about flights over sensitive locations, saying these were not the first.

The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were spotted between midnight Monday and 6 am Tuesday morning. Last month similar flights were seen over Elysee Palace, the home of French President Francois Hollande. In October 2014, drones flew over a number of nuclear plants in France as well.

Security personnel in France were unable to determine the source of any of the drones Monday night, nor could they track down the operators.

Hana Levi Julian

Maker of ‘White House Drone’ Adds Upgrade to Protect White House [video]

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Chinese manufacturer of the drone that crash landed on the White House lawn earlier this week is upgrading its product so that it automatically will be disabled within a 15.5 mile radius of Washington.

That is good news for the Secret Service, which won’t have to worry about pulling out sub-machine guns to shoot down drones over the White House.

The drone that crashed on the White House lawn in the pre-dawn hours was piloted by a government employee, who was drunk. He was not arrested

DJI, based in China, said it has developed a code to make a designated area off limits for drone pilots.

Drones have become popular as toys for children who do not want to do something more constructive, such as building a drone out of Lego, and they also are great for drug dealers.

One of DJI’s drones was found last week near the U.S.-Mexican border with an illegal drug taped to its body.

Super Bowl fans have been warned not take drones to the big game this Sunday.

“With the unmanned aerial systems community growing on a daily basis, we feel it is important to provide pilots with additional tools to help them fly safely and responsibly,” said DJI spokesman Michael Perry. “We will continue co-operating with regulators and lawmakers to ensure the skies stay safe and open for innovation.”

President Barack Obama now does not have to worry about drones interfering with his sleep at night, but maybe he should buy one of those drones to improve his golf game.

All he is to do is place a golf ball on the drone’s delivery system and aim it for the 17th tee.

The video warning against drones at the Super Bowl can be seen below.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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