Enlarge / An effective wiper of sorts. (credit: Getty Images) With tensions between the US and Iran on the rise following the downing of a US military drone last week, the director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning that Iran is elevating its efforts to do damage to US interests through destructive malware attacks on industrial and government networks. In a statement issued on Saturday, June 22, CISA Director Christopher C. Krebs said: CISA is aware of a recent rise in…

Enlarge / A see-through model of the original Hellfire missile. Imagine the center replaced with a set of pop-out blades, and you’ve got the “Flying Ginsu.” (credit: Lockheed Martin) Drone strikes have been the go-to approach by both the US military and the Central Intelligence Agency to take out terrorists and insurgent leaders over the past decade, and the main weapon in those strikes has been the Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire II missile—a laser-guided weapon originally developed for use by Army helicopters as a “tank buster.” But as…

A beluga whale discovered off Norway’s coast, wearing a harness that had an adapter for a GoPro camera, according to authorities. [credit: Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries ] Evidence suggests that the Russian Navy has been looking for new ways to leverage what amounts to the original underwater “drone”—militarized cetaceans. Norwegian fishermen discovered a friendly beluga whale in the Barents Sea off the northeast coast of Norway on April 25. Belugas are native to the Barents, so the whale’s presence wasn’t the surprise—the surprise was that it was fitted…

SEVERODVINSK, RUSSIA – APRIL 23, 2019: The Belgorod nuclear-powered submarine (Special Project 09852), during the launching ceremony, that carries Poseidon strategic underwater drones. (Photo by Oleg Kuleshov/TASS via Getty Images) [credit: Oleg Kuleshov/TASS via Getty Images ] On April 23, 2019, a hulking submarine named the K-139 Belgorod was christened and launched from Severodvinsk, Russia. It slid from Sevmash Shipyard into the Nikolskoye estuary off the White Sea. First laid down in 1992, the Belgorod is the world’s longest submarine, surpassing Russia’s Typhoon-class nuclear-missile sub and the US…

A display (non-flying) version of an Iranian “Saegheh” drone based on the US RQ-170 Sentinel. [credit: Iran TV ] Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Division staged what Iranian state media described as “massive drone drills” on March 14, including coordinated offensive operations with dozens of flying-wing drones based on the Lockheed RQ-170 Sentinel, captured by Iran in 2011, and Iranian copies of the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator. During the exercise, called “Towards al-Quds” (al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem), a total of about 50 drones—including “Saegheh”…