These days drones are everywhere, and so is the risk of bad actors using them to execute terrorist attacks, spying operations, and other illicit activities. For that reason, Fortem Technologies has built DroneHunter, a large drone that fires a massive net to capture any unauthorized drones flying over restricted areas. In the past, we’ve seen other solutions being deployed such as OpenWorks’ net-firing gun or even training eagles to catch drones. Read more. View original article at Mashable

On his first full day in office, during a visit to the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency, President Trump’s inheritance of the US’s drone war came into stark relief. Trump “seemed unimpressed” as the head of the CIA’s drone campaign told him about how the agency, aiming to limit civilian casualties, had created unique munitions to that end, the Washington Post reported. The former reality television personality then viewed footage of a previously-recorded CIA drone strike in Syria. In that episode, the agency apparently waited to pull…

The extremist jihadist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike six years ago. But until this month, he was the leading English-speaking jihadist recruiter through more than 70,000 videos posted on YouTube.  Three-quarters of those videos are now gone from YouTube’s archives, the New York Times reported Sunday View original article at Mashable

Apple has always been a bit of a black box when it comes to allowing, or banning, third-party apps for its iOS App Store. The company’s murky policies have often drawn criticism and even accusations of censorship. No app has been a better example of Apple’s strange and borderline dumb policing of the App Store as an app that tracks US drone strikes around the world. The app, which was originally called Drones+ and launched in 2012 by Josh Begley, a data artist who now works at The…

For about two years now, Anonymous has waged its own online war against ISIS. Anonymous-affiliated hackers, as well as several splinter groups, have claimed to have taken down countless pro-ISIS Twitter accounts, websites, and even to have gathered crucial intelligence about the terrorist group’s operations. No one know for sure how effective any of these efforts have been, but having hackers who identify as Anonymous members try to help police and intelligence agencies has been a shocking sight, considering the group has always cultivated an anti-government image. It’s…

Most discussions involving the use of remotely piloted aircraft in combat likely conjure up images of America’s giant Predator and Reaper drones, tailor-made military aircraft designed for surveillance and killing. But videos posted recently to YouTube coupled with US military reports suggest that combatants and civilians alike in war-torn regions might also need to worry about weaponized versions of small, inexpensive consumer drones.In Syria, a country ravaged by civil war, militant groups have started jury rigging quadcopter-style drones with makeshift bombs to drop on targets, military officials told…

Ardit Ferizi posing with a friend. (Image: Facebook) A 20-year-old wannabe hacker and ISIS sympathizer pleaded guilty on Wednesday of stealing personal data of 1,000 US military members and then sending it to a notorious ISIS hacker. Ardit Ferizi, whom at the time was living in Malaysia, hacked into the server of an unnamed American retail company and stole the personal information of about 100,000 people last year. Weeks later, he sent information on more than 1,000 military servicemen and women to ISIS hacker Junaid Hussain, according to…

Americans are well aware that terrorists wish harm on their country. We’ve lived through 9/11, San Bernardino, and this week’s horrid atrocity in Orlando—ugly reminders that our nationality, genders, and sexualities all make us targets.However, it’s a completely different experience altogether to see Islamic State (IS, ISIS, or Daesh) supporters target you by name. Indeed, something new is happening: Pro-ISIS hacking groups are investing their efforts into a new style of threat, known as “kill lists,” comprised of random people’s names and information for lone wolf jihadists to…

This story originally appeared on War Is Boring.After five years of steady operations, the United States no longer has any MQ-1 Predator drones based in Djibouti. The Air Force quietly pulled the drones as the service finds itself in the middle of a resource crunch and as it faces new threats around the world.In October, the flying branch closed down the 60th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron. Since at least 2010, America’s unmanned hunter-killers have struck terrorists in Yemen and Somalia from bases in the small East African nation on…

Image: ShutterstockLast week, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne laid out plans for more capabilities for law enforcement and intelligence agencies in response to a “cyber threat” from ISIS.But it looks like the threats made by some apparent pro-ISIS hackers over social media are overstated. Recently, a group that calls itself the “Islamic Cyber Army” has been dumping the supposed personal details of government employees and other data on Twitter. However the majority of the information appears to have been sourced from very simple Google searches.Using…