New satellite photos: Mystery blast at suspected Iran nuke site "simply eliminated" entire section of base


Satellite imagery released Wednesday by Israeli media outlets revealed that a previously reported Monday explosion has done significant damage to Iran's military facility at Parchin, where the United Nations' nuclear watchdog (IAEA) believes Iranian scientists conducted research into the development of nuclear warheads. A military expert consulted by Israel Defense described the photos as "clearly show[ing] damage consistent with an attack against bunkers in a central locality within the military research complex at the Parchin military compound," and more specifically in an area of the base where trials were conducted involving "controlled detonation of [fuses] intended to serve as triggers for nuclear devices." The area where the explosion occurred was "simply eliminated" by the blast. The images will raise as many questions as they settle. They do seemingly confirm reports - originally sourced to not always reliable Iranian dissident groups - that the explosion took place in the Parchin facility itself, rather than more generally in a military facility to the east of Tehran, which is all that Iran had acknowledged. They also give a hint as to the magnitude of the disaster, which Iranian officials had said killed two people, and which descriptions from inside the country described as blowing out windows 15 km away. That anything at Parchin was still capable of generating such a blast - even after literally years of the Iranians actively destroying evidence of suspected nuclear work at the base - is almost certain to deepen intrigue around atomic talks aimed at forcing the Iranians to disclose their atomic activities. Daniel Nisman, an Israel-based risk analyst who heads the Middle East-based Levantine Group, had already conveyed rumors suggesting that "what happened at Parchin yesterday may be more serious than initially believed. Possibly smoking-gun level." Israeli officials had already revealed last month that they had "highly reliable information" pointed towards full-blown weaponization work at the Parchin base. The developments come as an IAEA team is on the ground in Tehran to seek access to Parchin as well as several other sites where the Iranians are thought to have conducted military nuclear work. The agency last month blasted Iran for failing to meet four out of five promised transparency deadlines on time. The Iranians for their part on Wednesday doubled down on their ongoing refusal to allow an IAEA nuclear expert into the country.


Pulse Secure recently acquired MobileSpaces, the Israel-based leading provider of mobile security for the app-centric enterprise, in a deal reported to be worth over $100 million. MobileSpaces is a specialist in the BYOD (bring your own device) market, meaning it helps organizations guard sensitive information even when employees bring their private laptop computers, smartphones or tablets from home to the office. The company offers a BYOD policy-managed workspace that protects mobile enterprise apps and data against loss and leakage. “The MobileSpaces BYOD solution helps complete Pulse Secure’s leading solutions to provide seamless, secure access from anywhere and any device,” according to a press release. “In two years, 71 percent of US companies will allow more than half of their employees to access corporate data on a mobile device,” says Chris Hazelton, research director for enterprise mobility at 451 Research. “These companies will need mobility management tools to secure corporate data in motion and on devices. With widespread support for BYOD in the enterprise, there is growing traction for Android. Increasing levels of access to corporate data means there is a real need to secure corporate apps on Android devices.” MobileSpaces creates a virtual partition that separates enterprise and employee data while also providing a secure BYOD workspace for native or enterprise apps on any Android or iOS device. The workspace protects corporate information against data leakage and loss by encrypting all data at rest, controlling data sharing between enterprise apps and connecting directly to the enterprise virtual private network. “Enterprise mobility is key to business today but faces new challenges of connectivity, scale and application support,” said David Goldschlag, chief executive officer and co-founder of MobileSpaces. “With the acquisition of MobileSpaces, Pulse Secure is helping enterprises rethink mobility to deliver unmatched power to their business in a way that is simple and secure for IT while also being natural for users.” MobileSpaces was founded in 2011 under the name CellSec by experienced enterprise security executives and engineers from McAfee and Check Point Software. MobileSpaces joins the Pulse Secure team with 20 employees, based in Silver Spring, Maryland and Tel Aviv. (via Israel21c)

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