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08 Apr 14. Elbit Systems Ltd. was awarded a contract in the Latin American region, in an amount of approximately $100m, for the supply of a Homeland Security (HLS) solution. Under the contract, to be performed over an approximately one-year period, Elbit Systems will supply also a new innovative intelligence gathering system, considered to be a groundbreaking operational solution.
10 Apr 14. Boeing is showcasing its latest data-analysis tools, geo-locating systems and communications capabilities for defense, intelligence and national security customers at the GEOINT Symposium, April 14-17, in Tampa, Fla.
“Our customers have to be able to gather enormous amounts of data from a variety of collection systems and quickly turn it into actionable intelligence,” said Dewey Houck, vice president and general manager of Boeing Electronic & Information Solutions. “Boeing offers a unique set of geospatial-intelligence automation tools that create an information advantage for our customers.”
The Boeing exhibit at booth 5007 will include scale models of the new 502 Phoenix and Wideband Global SATCOM satellites, as well as demonstrations of several recently upgraded tools used for analyzing, processing and sharing large, complex data. These include:
* DataMaster 5.3, which adds real-time text-tagging of live video streams and other updates to a geospatial product library for improved search, retrieval and distribution of full-motion imagery across multiple security domains
* HardwareWall, which delivers reduced set-up and maintenance time and introduces a simpler, more powerful software configuration for cross-domain use
* TAC+ and Mobile TAC, upgrades to the TAC data analytics software, with a new embedded tool for geospatial analysis as well as mobile access to critical information for defense, intelligence and law enforcement customers.
10 Apr 14. Report links Chinese military to cyber hacking. The Chinese military is still hacking western companies despite denying the accusations last year after a report pointed the finger at a unit of the People’s Liberation Army in Shanghai. Mandiant, the US cyber security company that accused China of a sustained hacking campaign against more than 140 companies, claims in a new report that attacks have continued even after the White House called on China to stop the extensive hacking. The company said cyber criminal activity had temporarily dropped after its report in February last year, which along with claims that the New York Times was hacked by Chinese attackers, contributed to political tensions between Washington DC and Beijing. But it said by the end of the summer the cyber criminals had simply changed their IP addresses, which help locate them, and were back to hacking at the same rate. It took 160 days to return to “consistent intrusion activity”, the report said. Laura Galante, analyst at Mandiant, said the hackers appeared to still be trying to gain access to the same intellectual property and research and development targets. “This is the best example of where actions speak louder than words,” she said. Mandiant said the lull after the exposure could have been an “attempt to assess any political damage following the publications and to reorganise its cyber operations to better hide its activities”. In the report, Mandiant said it had hoped to achieve progress by highlighting the problem at a “presidential level” but said it had failed in this aim. Thomas Donilon, White House national security adviser, placed pressure on Beijing by saying it should take “serious steps” to stop the hacking of US companies on an “unprecedented scale”. The Chinese government dismissed last year’s report as “amateurish” and “full of loopholes”. The latest report from Mandiant comes on the heels of revelations from Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency