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Ed. note: Chances are fairly high there are people inside Microsoft related to Israel that pulled off the recent incident at Microsoft with employees saying they won’t be “war profiteers” in a $480 million contract to develop reality headsets for the US Army. This could be related to Israel’s control over Microsoft to build this type of military applicable technology in Israel and not in the US at Microsoft. There is absolutely no reporting of this anywhere on the internet or in the media.
If there is any doubt a few articles linked below offer insights into just how big Microsoft is in Israel. Microsoft relies heavily on R&D coming out of Israel, so does Google and Facebook. Microsoft is heavily reliant on Israel to build its cybersecurity infrastructure. Microsoft relies on Israeli tech firms to write the code for Windows 10, Israel is leading the Internet of Things (IoT), Qualcomm in Israel has Israeli teams who are Russian technicians who are from the former Soviet Union.
Source: The Guardian
‘We won’t be war profiteers’: Microsoft workers protest $480m army contract
Workers say augmented reality headsets provided to US army risk ‘turning warfare into a simulated video game’
Microsoft workers are calling on their employer to cancel a $480m contract to provide the US army with augmented reality (AR) headsets, saying they “do not want to become war profiteers”.
“We did not sign up to develop weapons, and we demand a say in how our work is used,” reads a petition being circulated inside the company, a copy of which was published on Twitter on Friday afternoon. More than 50 employees had signed the letter as of Friday afternoon, according to an employee.
The employee protest is the latest manifestation of a growing labor movement in the US technology industry. Employees at companies including Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Salesforce are increasingly speaking out both about their own working conditions and about the uses to which their employees put their work product.
Microsoft’s HoloLens, a $3,000 AR headset that is somewhere in between the ill-fated Google Glass and the fully immersive Oculus, was developed out of a technology called Kinect that was part of the company’s Xbox video gaming system.
Many of the engineers who worked on building the technology believed “it would be used to help architects and engineers build buildings and cars, to help teach people how to perform surgery or play the piano, to push the boundaries of gaming, and to connect with the Mars Rover (RIP)”, the letter states.
Under the terms of the army contract, however, the devices will be used to “increase lethality by enhancing the ability to detect, decide and engage before the enemy”, according to Bloomberg.
Please go to The Guardian to read the entire article.
The cloud security company Adallom founded by two Israeli’s, Adam Rappaport and Ami Luttwak, was purchased by Microsoft. Rappaport served in the IDF’s elite 8200 Intelligence Unit where he reached the rank of captain. He is a graduate of the IDF’s Talpiot program and has a degree in computer science from Technion. Technion is the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
The Jewish-American oligarch Sheldon Adelson poured millions of dollars into universities in Israel. What a strange thought. Americans dump millions of dollars on Adelson-owned casinos and a lot of that money is transferred to Israel. Sheldon Adelson practically runs Israel’s high tech sector investing $16 million into Israel’s space program. When President Trump announced America’s new space command? Will Israel have access to the technology being developed for this space command as Israel builds its space technology for its moon missions? CounterPunch even did an article in February, 2015 suggesting Sheldon Adelson is the real ruler of Israel and not Benjamin Netanyahu. Sheldon Adelson’s stepdaughter, Yasmin Lukatz, is also involved in networking between Israel and the US to increase investment into Israel’s high tech start-ups.
What kind of connections does the oligarch Adelson have to make such large money transfers seem relatively easy? It is more than likely the reason why Sheldon Adelson opposed the nomination of Chuck Hagel to head the Department of Defense was because Chuck Hagel was aware of this massive transfer of technology to Israel. Not only technology transfers to make Israel the “start-up nation”, but millions and millions of dollars pouring out of America to Israel by private equity firms run by Jewish-Americans.
Chuck Hagel would know, he co-founded Vanguard Cellular and served as president of the McCarthy Group, an investment banking firm, and he was CEO of American Information Systems Inc., a computerized voting machine manufacturer. Vanguard Group was bought by AT&T in 1999 and AT&T now relies on the Israel tech firm Kryon for its intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA).
If readers do not know what Technion, the Talpiot program and Unit 8200 (Israel’s “NSA”) are, people might be interested to see what is going on here with the “start-up nation” Israel. And as they say: this is just the tip of the tech iceberg. Adallom is a cloud security company based in Menlo Park, California whee there are Unit 8200 and Technion graduates working who re part of the Talpiot program. Adallom’s product name is Microsoft Cloud App Security. Microsoft Israel works very closely with the Technion Institute.
Sequoia Capital is an American venture capital firm having the largest investment in Adallom of 33.6%. Don’t be disoriented by the “American” part either. The firm is also located in Menlo Park, California and mainly focuses on investing in the technology industry. Sequoia Capital is a private equity firm run by Michael Moritz, sorry, Sir Michael Moritz who was born into a Jewish family. Moritz’s net worth is estimated at $4.2 billion and who is an influential private equity investor in “seeding” Israeli tech start-up firms.
Kryon Systems is an Israeli robotic process automation company that announced the completion of a $40 million investment in Kryon’s intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA). RPA allows companies to transform to the digital age. Kryon works closely with Microsoft and other big firms like Hewlett Packard, AT&T and Allianz. Sequoia Capital invested in Kryon Systems. Another example of how investment money is flowing into Israel is the private equity firm Aquiline Technology Growth (ATG) run by the Jewish-American Jeff Greenberg as Aquiline’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Greenberg was the former chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG) that now relies on the Israeli firm Kryon Systems.
It is consistent to say that there are many private equity firms in America, either owned or run by a Jewish-American, or connected to Israel in some way, that are investing heavily in Israeli tech firms. US Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (Dianne Emiel Goldman) husband is Richard C. Blum who owns the private equity firm Blum Capital. Blum Capital is also invested in high tech firms Israel benefits from, both in Israel and in America. The amounts of money being invested in Israel’s high tech sector have been continually escalating and are astronomical with the last year ending 2018.
Private equity and investment firms made 157 investments in Israel-based tech firms throughout 2018 amounting to 100s of millions of dollars. With that kind on interconnected private equity investment pool coming out of America by firms connected to Israel, is it any wonder all this money is piling into Israel?
On September 11, 2001 Greenberg was CEO of Marsh & McLennan (MMC) when 295 employees of MMC were killed. AIG, the world’s largest insurance company, and its subsidiaries Marsh McLennan, ACE and Kroll Associates, were run by the Greenberg family. Jeffry Greenberg is the son of Maurice “Hank” Greenberg. Maurice Greenberg is considered the “godfather” of AIG and has been implicated at various levels in the events of September 11, 2001. Kryon Systems, the leading provider of intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA), received $12 million in funding arranged by the private equity firm Aquiline Technology Growth (ATG) and Vertex Ventures. The $12 million in new capital was used to “accelerate the development of Kryon’s next-generation RPA platform as well as drive the company’s global market expansion.” It just doesn’t end there. Aquiline Technology Growth invested in a company known as Utilant, LLC.
Utilant, LLC is involved in loss control inspection and survey management software for underwriting and risk management for P&C (Property insurance and Casualty insurance) insurers. A fascinating line of investigation would be taking a look at what insurance computer systems and software were in place to handle the extremely complex insurance and reinsurance on property and lives lost on 9/11. Utilant, LLC is connected to Israel through what is known as ORT Israel. ORT Israel is the leading and the largest Technology & Science Educational Network in Israel, operating over 200 institutions in 55 local authorities. What’s fascinating is ORT is an acronym of the Russian Общество Ремесленного Труда – “Association for Vocational Crafts”. Acronym for Russian? Why not something Hebrew? How many of these 100 most influential people in Israel high technology in 2015 came out of Technion, Unit 8200 and ORT Israel who have connections to Russia?
Is this related to the thousands of Russian engineers and scientists working in Israel? In Israel’s drive to dominate robotics and autonomous systems, the Technion institute mentioned earlier, sponsors the yearly Nadav Shoham RoboTraffic Competition where ORT Israel connected students come to test out their latest robotic designs. Getting back to the ORT acronym being Russian, the high school student competition for fastest racing at the 2016 Nadv Shohm RoboTraffic Competition held in Israel at Technion, was a team from Novosibirsk, Russia.
After reading through all this we come to this article released by The Jerusalem Post. The first conclusion is that Israel is now becoming aware of what some of the material in this post discusses and is taking action to prevent any possible blow back in its drive to global technological dominance as the “innovation nation” in all fields including robotics; IoT; 5G technology; robotics; autonomous systems; microprocessor engineering and design; 3D printing; USB flash drives; “hacking the human brain”, artificial intelligence (A.I.); water technologies; agriculture; cybersecurity.
Nothing in this article below is congruent with what is actually going on inside Israel high tech firms and Israel’s intelligence network. Why would this article make these claims when it is Israel providing China with much of this technology for China’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI)? There are also thousands of ex-Soviet Union Russians working in the high tech sector in Israel which several links have shown above. Israel’s Benjamin Netenyahu stated Israel is now the “sixth eye” of the Five Eyes nations, yet Israel is now claiming cyber attack by Russia and China. The claim is preposterous if not laughable.
Benjamin Netenyahu just left for a short trip to Moscow for a visit with Vladimir Putin, so the really hard question to ask here is why? Is it to consult with Putin on the coming Israeli election should Netenyahu lose? These are some serious issues here as President Trump’s Middle East peace plan revolves around Benjamin Netenyahu losing power. If this is the case, why didn’t Benjamin Netenyahu fly to Washington to visit with Donald Trump, after all, the US provides Israel billions every year. Not to mention all the dual-citizen Israelis including from Technion, Unit 8200 and ORT Israel working inside American high tech firms in Boston, Silicone Valley, MIT and elsewhere. That’s some “ally” and “best friend” America has in Israel alright.
Source: The Jerusalem Post
Israeli intelligence and defense officials have become more conscious that the Israeli private sector and other aspects of defense face profound cyber spying challenges from Russia and China.
By Yonah Jeremy Bob • February 25, 2019
After years of failing to develop a broad counter-intelligence strategy to cope with Russian and Chinese attempts to use cyber operations to spy on Israel, the defense establishment may finally be pushing back in a more unified fashion.
The Jerusalem Post’s sister-publication Maariv reported on Saturday that the National Security Council (NSC) will present the security cabinet with a special report in the coming days on the defense aspects of large foreign investments. The effort was reportedly one of several moves in which NSC chief Meir Ben-Shabbat, appointed in late 2017, has pushed for. The NSC advises the prime minister on national security issues.
Part of the report, which was assigned to the NSC three months ago, will specifically address Russian and Chinese cyber spying and a counter-intelligence strategy.
The report, especially about cyber spying, will be diving into a complex web of competing priorities which are important to the state.
On one hand, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has strongly promoted foreign investment, especially from China, in massive new infrastructure projects.
Broadly speaking, IDF Unit 8200 (“the Israeli NSA”), the Mossad and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) have believed that their cyber efforts have been strong in helping Israel avoid the massive cyber national security breaches which the US has experienced in recent years.
However, even Israeli intelligence and defense officials have become more conscious that the Israeli private sector and other aspects of defense may not be keeping up with the speed of foreign investment and the profound cyber spying challenges which Russia and China can pose.
On January 7, Shin Bet director Nadav Argaman made an unusual public warning about a foreign country’s cyber interference in Israel’s upcoming election. It was later understood that Argaman was referring to Russia.
Even before that, Yediot Aharonot published a report in July that China and Russia had penetrated Israeli electronic networks far more deeply than anyone had expected.
Please go to The Jerusalem Post to read the entire article.
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