US and UK ”Hacked into Israeli Drones and Planes”

US and UK agencies reportedly hacked into Israeli drones and other aircraft as they gathered intelligence, in an operation dating from the late 1990s.

It enabled Israel’s allies to monitor information acquired by its reconnaissance missions, Der Spiegel and The Intercept website reported.


The website said the information came from material leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden.

One Israeli minister said it was disappointing, but not a surprise.

“We know that the Americans spy on every country in the world and on us as well, on their friends,” said Yuval Steinitz, a cabinet minister and former minister of intelligence affairs.

He said Israel had not spied on the US for decades.

The intelligence agencies were able to watch information that the drones and other aircraft broadcast back to their handlers, the reports said.

They had a “virtual seat in the cockpit” as Israeli drones struck targets, The Intercept said.

In 2008, an internal US National Security Agency memo boasted that the programme had been able to collect video from the cockpit of an Israeli F-16 fighter jet, the reports said.

The project, codenamed Anarchist, has been running since 1998 and was based near the highest point in Cyprus, Der Spiegel and The Intercept reported.

Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper said a US base in northern England was also involved.

Israel was the main focus of the project, but systems in Egypt, Turkey, Iran and Syria were also hacked into, the reports said.

The UK Foreign Office said it would not comment on intelligence matters.

Source: bbcnews


U.S. Stocks Trim January Rout Amid BOJ Action

The U.S. stocks ended the worst January since 2009 with the best one-day gains in more than four months, after earnings from Microsoft Corp. exceeded expectations and the Bank of Japan stepped up monetary stimulus.

Equity gains accelerated in the final hour, with the strong finish a fitting end to a weak month that featured sharp reversals on an almost daily basis. Microsoft led the surge Friday with its biggest gain in three months. Nine of the S&P 500’s 10 main groups rose at least 1.6 percent. Inc. was a blemish, tumbling 7.6 percent as earnings for the holiday quarter missed estimates.

S & P 500 rose 2.5 percent to 1,939.72 at 4 p.m. in New York. The gauge slumped 5.1 percent in January, its worst start to a year since the height of the financial crisis.

Stocks swung between gains and losses this week as investors assessed corporate earnings and the degree to which central banks will intervene to help stem increasing volatility and a dimming outlook for global growth.

Prior to today’s unexpected action from the Bank of Japan to adopt a negative interest-rate strategy, the European Central Bank signaled last week it could boost stimulus as soon as March. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it was watching to see how the global economy and markets impact the U.S. outlook.

Source : Bloomberg

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Facebook Soon to Offer More Reactions Than ‘’Like’’

Facebook will soon roll out a wider range of reactions to posted items than “like”.

Soon its users will be able to be “angry” and “sad,” or shout “yay” or “wow” — or simply “love” a comment, photo or video posted on the social media site.

“We want people to be able to share all of the things that are meaningful to them, not just the things that are happy and that people are going to like when they see it,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. He said the rollout will come “pretty soon.”

Facebook began testing the new expressions, which it calls Reactions, last October in Chile, the Philippines, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Japan and Colombia.

The social media giant is hoping the additional choices will encourage people to share their thoughts more frequently and spend even longer periods on the social network than they already do.

Also Wednesday, Facebook reported a profit of $ 1.56 billion in the final three months of 2015, compared with $ 701 million in the same period a year earlier.

Revenue in the quarter that ended December 31 also rose, to $ 5.84 billion from $ 3.85 billion during the same period a year earlier.

Facebook’s growth was fueled by its online advertising growth, which targeted its hefty number of mobile users. Facebook said it has nearly 1.6 billion users, and of those, 1.4 billion use the service on mobile devices.

“If you’re an advertiser and you want to reach mass scale, you only have two options: Facebook and Google,” James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt & Co., told Bloomberg Business News. “Facebook remains the fastest-growing platform for advertiser spending, and as they open up new channels for users, that won’t change”.

Source: voanews



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