03 Jan 2023

Israeli Missile Strikes Briefly Shut Damascus Airport, Syria Says

On Monday, Syria reported that Israel launches missiles on Damascus’s international airport. The assault killed two military personnel and forced the facility to briefly shut down. The move marks the latest attack that targets a key Iran ally in the region. The strikes occurred at 2 a.m. local time and

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26 Sep 2022

Researchers Uncover Mysterious ‘Metador’ Cyber-Espionage Group

Researchers from SentinelLabs have identified a new threat actor dubbed Metador. The threat actor has reportedly infected a telecommunications company in the Middle East and multiple Internet service providers and universities located across the Middle East and Africa. In addition, the group may be responsible for two malware platforms described

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24 Jun 2022

Jordan’s King Backs ‘Middle East NATO’ With a Defined Mission

Jordan’s King Abdullah has announced his support for an alliance of the Middle East countries similar to that of NATO. Jordan is a major US ally and both countries have been looking to defend against Iranian attacks that have hit gulf oil exporters. As a result of the pressure on

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09 Mar 2022

Biden’s Middle East allies change tune on Ukraine war as conflict escalates

On Wednesday, the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They previously held neutral positions and have recognized the changes in the war that has caused over a million refugees in a week. All of the Gulf Allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab

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17 Jan 2022

Three people killed in suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi

A suspected drone attack killed three people in a fuel tank blast in Abu Dhabi on Monday, officials said, as Yemen’s Huthi rebels announced a “military operation” in the United Arab Emirates. Two Indians and a Pakistani died as three petrol tanks exploded near the storage facility of oil giant ADNOC,

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27 Dec 2021

NSO spyware used to hack Polish politicians, Khashoggi’s wife, others

The Associated Press and Citizen Lab launched a joint investigation into cases of misuse regarding the Pegasus spyware from the NSO Group, revealing that Polish Senator Krzysztof Brejza was among those compromised. The investigation found that Breiza was hacked using the software 33 times between April 26, 2019 and October

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02 Dec 2021

Stealthy ‘WIRTE’ Gang Targets Middle Eastern Governments

On Monday, Kaspersky released a report detailing its latest findings pertaining to a threat actor tracked as WIRTE. Kaspersky stated that the group has been attacking Middle Eastern governments since at least 2019, leveraging malicious Excel 4.0 macros and other tactics.  Kaspersky found that the group planted Microsoft Excel droppers

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29 Nov 2021

Israel Blamed for Crippling Attack on Iranian Gas Stations

Last month, Iran suffered from a cyberattack that heavily impacted its gas stations. It has since been determined that Israeli operatives were responsible for the attack, increasing the already-heavy tension between the Middle East rivals. Two US defense officials attributed the attacks to Israeli forces, according to media reports. The

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06 Aug 2021

Powerful blast rocks Kabul after Afghan army urges civilians to leave Taliban-controlled areas of major city

On Tuesday evening, a car bomb exploded near the home of Afghanistan’s acting defense minister in Kabul, Minister Bismillah Mohammadi. This incident was previously reported on, but there have been some significant updates to the case. Mohammadi was not home at the time of the attack and four assailants were

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20 Jul 2021

ISIS claims responsibility for Iraq blast that left dozens dead

On Monday, a blast ripped through a busy market in the capital of Iraq, killing 27 and wounding 32. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the explosion, however, Afghan forces are still investigating the situation to determine the source of the blast. According to local health and security officials, children

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