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The Daily TIP: Explosions Rock Damascus Airport Following Cargo Flights From Iran

Posted by Tip Staff - April 27, 2017

Explosions Rock Damascus Airport Following Cargo Flights From Iran
Hamas Threatens Violence After Pressure From Abbas to Accept PA Rule
Israel Thwarts Major Cyber Attack Believed to Have Been Launched by Foreign Government
Israel’s Mobileye Teams Up with Nissan to Create Maps for Driverless Cars


Explosions Rock Damascus Airport Following Cargo Flights From Iran

Explosions rocked the area near Damascus International Airport early Thursday morning following the arrival of cargo planes from Iran.

"Hours before the blasts, which took place at 3:25 A.M., two Iranian 747 cargo planes, an Iranian Ilyushin il-76 and a Syrian Ilyushin il-76 landed in Damascus, according to the flight radar tracking site Flightradar24.com," Haaretz reported.

Syrian state media has attributed the missile strikes to Israel, the BBC reported. While Syrian government sources claim that the strikes targeted a fuel tank and warehouses, rebel groups say that the target was an arms depot operated by the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah.

Without admitting that Israel attacked the airport, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said that the "attack is consistent with our policy to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah by Iran.”

Other Israeli leaders have said that Hezbollah receiving game-changing weapons, such as advanced missiles or chemical weapons, represents a "red line" that Israel will not accept.


Hamas Threatens Violence After Pressure From Abbas to Accept PA Rule

A top Hamas official warned Wednesday that if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues pressuring the Gaza-based terrorist group to submit to the PA, "it’s going to explode in his face and in all directions," news agencies reported.

Responding to Abbas' threatened funding cuts to Gaza, including a plan to stop subsidizing the enclave's electricity and a decision to slash payments to Gazan civil servants. Abbas will fail to impose his authority over Gaza "if he tries to make Gaza kneel or expects to win our loyalty by force,” Khalil al-Haya, the second highest ranking Hamas leader in Gaza, told the Associated Press.

"You can’t punish the one who lives in tough conditions,” al-Haya warned. “Gaza is an explosive barrel and he [Abbas] cannot press this barrel more. If he does, it’s going to explode in his face and in all directions.”

Abbas is believed to be attempting to assert control over Gaza ahead of his meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington next week, where he will be under pressure to demonstrate that he is the leader of all Palestinians.


Israel Thwarts Major Cyber Attack Believed to Have Been Launched by Foreign Government

Israel’s National Cyber Defense Authority on Wednesday revealed that it successfully prevented a major cyber attack on 120 private and public institutions last week.

The attack targeted academic institutions, research and development and advanced technological institutions in a range of fields, including medicine. Israel’s defense establishment was not a target. The cyber authorities of the US and UK have been notified of the incident, which some fear was undertaken on behalf of a foreign government, possibly Iran.

According to the Cyber Authority, the hackers impersonated legitimate organisations and were able to forge a reliable company’s security certificates. Rafi Franco, senior official at the Cyber Authority, called the attack “sophisticated,” with the malware arriving in infected Microsoft Word files attached to emails from an authentic academic institution. Anti-virus software failed to detect the threat.

In another cyber security development, the international hacker group Anonymous announced that it was beginning a cyber attack operation against Israel this month. The list of potential targets that Anonymous named included government websites, such as the Finance Ministry, IDF, Prime Minister’s Office and the Health Ministry, as well as the websites of the Mossad and the Knesset. News websites, sports pages, and the search engine Google were also targeted.

(via BICOM)


Israel’s Mobileye Teams Up with Nissan to Create Maps for Driverless Cars

Mobileye, the Jerusalem-based company that is a global leader in the development of computer vision and machine learning for autonomous driving, has announced an agreement with Nissan Motor to generate crowd-sourced data to create next-generation higher precision maps.

The new agreement will use the Jerusalem company’s Road Experience Management (REM) data generation technology to create maps that will be used as a source of localization, foresight, and redundancy in order to enable safe autonomous vehicles in the future.

“We welcome the opportunity to take this next step with our valued partner Nissan,” said Professor Amnon Shashua, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Mobileye. “I’m very pleased that innovative work by our engineering teams is resulting in the confidence of customers to adopt REM. We now have significant commitments from multiple global automakers to generate and share data from camera-equipped Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) vehicles, and then utilize the resulting Global RoadBook as a critical input within autonomous vehicle systems.”

The agreement comes in the wake of a successful proof-of-concept work in 2016 that saw Mobileye’s REM mapping technology being used in Nissan’s recent autonomous vehicle demonstration in London.

(via Israel21c


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