DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis July 22, 2016
The augmented reality game “Pokemon Go” has attracted millions of users since its release in the beginning of July. However, seasoned intelligence watchers say that far from being just a game, it has more sinister uses – for instance, as a novel visual espionage system created by one of the world’s top spy agencies – or even a means by which terrorists may lure victims.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 7, 2016
Intelligence-sharing between the Russians and the Israelis for combating terror faces hard questions.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 9, 2016
US Pulls Its Secret Eyes & Ears out of the Mid-East – Barring ISIS
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 24, 2016
Anti-terror international intelligence cooperation is not working because the major agencies are wary of sending input to Europe lest it reaches the hands of Muslim informers or buried by incompetent security authorities.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 3, 2016
The new covert war US and other Western powers have recently launched against ISIS has so far touched only its external fringes – not reached the Islamic State’s operational and intelligence core.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2016
The FBI did not need to challenge Apple for a back door to the iPhones of the San Bernadino terrorists. The NSA taps into all communications providers and stores their secrets at its Maryland headquarters.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 23, 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry came away empty-handed from his latest meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) in Amman on Sunday, Feb. 21,- which shouldn’t have surprised him. debkafile reports that Kerry was finally persuaded that Abbas would not give Israel an inch on any political or security-related matters. The Palestinian leader has never swerved from his conviction that it is the duty of the international community to force Israel to present the Palestinians with a state - without negotiations.
DEBKAfile Special Report February 15, 2016
Sunday, Feb. 14, will go down as a landmark day in the terror campaign the Palestinians have been waging against Israel for five months. It marked the latest, deliberately ramped-up phase: After advancing from rocks, stabbings, car rammings and teen attacks, through the stage of loners to gangs of two and three, this week, it moved up to shooting and explosive devices. Four Palestinian shooting attacks took place in 12 hours, most using knock-off Carl Gustav submachine guns which are turned out by illegal foundries in Nablus.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2016
Because offensive and defense efforts have many similarities, they are pooling their forces, resources and abilities for their mutual benefit. Hence the merger of signal intelligence divisions responsible for foreign espionage, and the information security divisions responsible for protecting the computer infrastructure,
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 31, 2016
The latest batch of “top secret” documents to be leaked to the web magazine The Intercept by fugitive former NSA advisor Edward Snowden, showing that the US had spied on Israeli air force operations for more than 18 years, is as interesting for its timing as its revelations. debkafile: It served as a Keep Out of Syria sign to Israel not to count on its air force superiority for freedom in Syria’s skies and stay out of the conflict now that the Russians and Americans had taken charge..
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2016
A cyber defense war room was integrated for the first time in one of Israel’s large-scale national military exercises which took place last week. To meet the perils of cyber warfare, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot, has established a new Cyber Defense Brigade, assigning it to two branches: Military Intelligence and the Signals Corps. debkafile’s cyber experts say that a single IDF cyber arm would better serve to pull together the countless bodies facing the very real threat to the country.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 31, 2015
Carter has undertaken the mission impossible of revamping the US intelligence community for the new priority of cyber war on ISIS. He must write new rules of intra-agency engagement.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 26, 2015
Bashar Assad was given a big break by the Russian air strike that Friday, Dec. 25, killed Zahran Aloush, founder of the most powerful Syrian rebel group Jaysh al-Islam and his deputy.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2015
In the Quntar assassination, Israel intelligence and air force, backed by dozens of secret agents on the ground, displayed their skills for pinpointing very small targets.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2015
Global spy agencies have transformed their modes of operations, missions and practices since the emergency of the Islamic State terror and Middle East upheavals, moving their focus from classical espionage to high tech and cyber tools.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 14, 2015
The geography of the six Paris locations targeted by terrorists Friday night points to precise advance planning in support of a primary target, namely, French President Francois Hollande, while at the same time sowing bloody havoc in the French capital, frightening tourists away and shaking the French governing system to the core. The outrage which took an estimated toll of 127 to 153 lives took place without warning from any French intelligence agency. Saturday, the French president accused ISIS of an act of war against his country.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 12, 2015
The well-choreographed Obama-Netanyahu summit went swimmingly. They agreed to go back to close intelligence ties and the president was receptive to Israel’s concerns regarding the threats emanating from Syria, and the complication of the Russian military presence.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2015
Based on wrong intelligence analyses of the Syrian conflict, the Israeli government is at a loss for a Syrian policy, giving the advantage of Iran. Against all predictions, Hizballah has shaped up from a militia to a proper army.