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19 Jun 17. Israeli Hackers Have Penetrated ISIS Networks. Israeli government hackers, that broke into the computer networks of ISIS bomb makers, months ago have uncovered the terror group’s plans to build laptop bombs that could get through airport X-ray machines, according to The New York Times.
The report, a sourced to two American officials, say that the intelligence gleaned from the electronic heist was “so exquisite” that it helped US spies get an understanding of how such devices would be detonated.
The Department of Homeland Security in March implemented a ban on electronic devices larger than a cell phone from being carried onto aircraft originating from 10 countries in Africa and the Middle East. A DHS fact sheet said terrorists were trying to smuggle explosives in “various consumer items.”
According to the this report, ISIS was fashioning explosives that would look just like a battery in a laptop computer.
Though the revelation uncovered by Israeli hackers is one success in the cyber war against ISIS, the Times report notes that the US and others have had a more difficult time going after the terror group online. Unlike other cyber operations against Iran and North Korea, which caused setbacks to both countries’ nuclear programs, ISIS has limited technical infrastructure, and relies on technology less for weapons in favor of recruiting and propaganda efforts.
Still, the US has in recent years significantly upped its cyber capabilities and placed hackers close by grunts, helping them confuse and deceive the enemy on the battlefield.
“Even if you think about the way that IEDs are triggered,” said Charlie Stadtlander, chief spokesperson for US Army Cyber Command, using the acronym for improvised explosive devices, in a 2016 interview with Business Insider. “Or an adversary’s [intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance], a lot of these are done through electronics and with internet connections.”
“Denying the ability to coordinate, communicate, and assess,” Stadtlander added. “That’s an advantage that we might be able to leverage.” (Source: Cyber Security Intelligence/Ein News)
19 Jun 17. Arktis Recognized as a Top Federal Innovator. Arktis Detection Systems, Inc., a global leader in innovative radiation detection systems, today announced that the company will receive an innovation award from Washington area publication DCA Live. The company is also scheduled to present at the SelectUSA Investment Summit, a leading event to promote foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.
The annual Trending 40 Award, to be presented on June 20 in Arlington, Virginia, honors leaders in the business, technology, non-profit and legal communities that are driving growth in the Washington, DC economy. Arktis Detection Systems’ Acting President Mr. Rick Muntz will be accepting the award on the company’s behalf.
Mr. Muntz will also represent Arktis at the 2017 SelectUSA Summit, which brings together companies, high-level government officials, and economic development organizations from all over the world to facilitate investment in the United States. Mr. Muntz will speak on Arkits’ establishment of a robust US footprint that has positioned the company for success as part of a panel on “Preparing for and Managing Sustainable Growth: Exploring U.S. Soft Landings.”
Arktis develops and manufactures next generation systems that detect and identify radioactive and nuclear materials to enhance security and facilitate operations for commercial and government customers worldwide. Arktis’ proprietary advanced radiation detection technologies deliver step change improvements in capabilities for a wide variety of applications. Arktis’ solutions enhance security by improving threat sensitivity. Its products are designed to be both modular and scalable, offering fl