DEBKAfile Special Report June 14, 2015
If the breach of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was conducted by hackers linked to China, as suspected, the secrets of an estimated 41 million US federal employees were laid bare and US intelligence and military personnel compromised by what may have been the biggest data base theft in cyber history. debkafile: That breach is still ongoing. More malware particles are certainly buried inside the OPM’s infrastructure, ready for a remote signal from the hackers’ command and control centers which are believed to be working for China.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2015
Iran displayed exceptional cyber war skills by blacking out most of Turkey’s cities for twelve hours to punish Turkey for his policy shift towards the Saudi-led Sunni coalition.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2015
This report inaugurates debkafile’s new column which, under the heading The Cyber Dimension, will appear regularly and keep our readers abreast of novel events in this fast-developing field. The least appreciated potential cyber threat comes from toy drones in terrorist hands. No counter-measures have been developed against such UAV intrusions as those seen over the White House and Elysée.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 12, 2015
Brennan has launched a major reform program for the CIA with a radical restructuring of separate units for more integration, less wasteful overlaps, and the focusing on resources on the rising menaces of the digital age and cyber warfare.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 16, 2015
In the last two days, 25 jihadi suspects were rounded up and secret cells broken down in Belgium, France and Germany. But these counter-terror operations lifted only corners of the Islamist terrorist network of active cells spread across Europe by dedicated killers, armed to the teeth and expertly trained in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan in the skills of mass murder. debkafile: notes that operational cooperation among Europe’s intelligence and security services is far too rare and a central continental anti-terror mechanism for shared strategy and intelligence sorely missing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2014
The hacking attack on Sony most likely had a Sony insider accomplice, says debkafile - a staff member with high security cover and direct access to the company’s computers. Finding this culprit and establishing his (or her) ties to North Korea would give President Obama evidence of Pyongyang’s culpability. But the US is rightly walking on eggs, lest a frontal collision cause more damage.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2014
NSA capability to infiltrate German cellphone and online networks is implanted in devices before they reach users.
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly June 12, 2014
Maj. Gen. (res.) Professor Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, a retired senior developer of combat measures for the Israeli defense establishment, was the first military official to name the exact targets chosen for the Stuxnet attack, which ravaged Iran’s nuclear program in the years 2009-2010. He also broke through the US and Israeli wall of silence, to reveal the routes available for reaching those targets, and how the virus was planted, with great success.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 22, 2014
Israel has become an important player in the world of cyber warfare, however its ambassador to the US is overstating its prowess by putting it on par with the US.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2014
Japan and Israel ink a deal to cooperate on cyber security, as Tokyo fears the expertise passing through China, North Korea, and Iran leaves it vulnerable.
Japanese-Israel defense accords cover cyber security cooperation against China, North Korea and Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 12, 2014
Japanese-Israel collaboration in cyber security was at the center of bilateral defense agreements reached in Tokyo Monday, May 12, between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, debkafile reports. They decided to join forces against China’s cyber war capabilities, which are shared with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and North Korean armed forces. Israeli specialists will visit Japan to help set up cyber security programs for military infrastructure, strategic utilities and companies. Officers of Japan’s Self-Defense forces would also visit Israel. Read more in the coming DEBKA Weekly.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 25, 2014
Russian cyber war superiority and capacity to retaliate for sanctions against its banks may deter the Europeans at least from joining US sanctions over Ukraine.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 6, 2012
If the US and Israeli are counting on swarms of drones to carry out an attack on Iranian nuclear sites, they had better think again.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 1, 2012
IRGC spokesman Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif’s claim Wednesday, Oct. 30, that the Iranian drone which encroached on Israeli airspace on Oct. 6 “obtained the images of many areas that are important for us,” came to counter IDF Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, Northern Command chief, who said no photos were taken because "I don't think there was a camera there." Tehran now suspects the UAV was not shot down but recovered intact and wants to find out what Israeli intelligence has learned from its equipment.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2012
Defense Minister Gen. Ahmad Vahidi warned Sunday, Oct. 28: “The drone was definitely not the latest Iranian technology.” He was talking about the drone sent by Iran and Hizballah over Israel on Oct. 6 and implying it was not the last word in their armory - or even the last to reach Israel. debkafile: In mid-September, Tehran secretly shipped to Lebanon a batch of its most advanced Ababil-T UAVs for new missions, after developing a new stealth attack series with a range of 2,000 kilometers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 27, 2012
Sudan’s President Omar Bashir said Saturday, Oct. 27 that “Israeli interests are now legitimate targets.” He spoke after Iranian generals secretly examined the rubble left by an air attack on Oct. 24 of the Shehab ballistic missile factory in Khartoum. While Israel has not commented on the attack, Sudan’s Information Minister said “military experts” had determined it was destroyed by Israel-made missiles. debkafile: The high rank of the Iranian investigating team attests to the consternation in Tehran over the Yarmouk factory's loss.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2012
Iran has located its global cyber war-room at Hizballah’s secret internal security apparatus headquarters in South Beirut, under the direction of Hassan Nasrallah’s brother-in-law Wafiq Safa ,debkafile’s exclusive intelligence and counterterrorism sources reveal. The hackers and cyber experts who recently attacked American banks and guided an Iranian stealth drone into Israeli airspace on Oct. 6, operated from this facility and its secret bunkers. No US or Israel action has been taken as yet against this threat to their national security.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 13, 2012
An Iranian cyber offensive has hit US banks, Israeli military defenses, Saudi oil and Qatari gas websites. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the US will retaliate for a “cyber Pearl Harbor.” The Wall Street Journal reports 100 Iranian hackers are conducting the offensive. debkafile: Tehran is telling Washington that US-led sanctions will continue to be punished and further pressure on Syria’s Bashar Assad will be met with assaults on Israel’s military or even nuclear sites. Without a response, Iran will keep going.