Posts tagged “Israel”

Israel mulls bill that would expose belligerent talkbackers

Source: Tomer Zarchin, Haaretz

A Justice Ministry memorandum could empower courts to order Internet service providers to disclose the identity of online commenters accused of defamation or copyright violations.

The memorandum, released yesterday for consultations, suggests establishing a pre-trial process that would allow accused commenters to agree to have their identity exposed without going to court. If the commenter declines, the accuser could ask a court to order the ISP to disclose the person’s identity.

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Israel blocks airborne protest, questions dozens

Source: Jeremy Last, Associated Press

Aided by Facebook, Israel on Friday prevented scores of pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Tel Aviv-bound flights in Europe, questioned dozens more upon arrival at its main airport and denied entry to 69, disrupting their attempts to reach the West Bank on a solidarity mission with the Palestinians.

Israel had tracked the activists on social media sites, compiled a blacklist of more than 300 names and asked airlines to keep those on the list off flights to Israel. On Friday, 310 of the activists who managed to land in Tel Aviv were detained for questioning, said Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Hadad. Of those, four were immediately put on return flights and 65 were being held until flights home could be arranged for them, she said. The rest were permitted entry, she said.

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International Strategy and Increased Capabilities for Cyberspace

On May 16, the United States revealed its foreign policy strategy for cyberspace in a thirty page document entitled International Strategy for Cyberspace: Prosperity, Security, and Openness in a Networked World. The document outlines the foreign policy goals of United States for the cyber domain. One commentator, Chris Bronk, pointed out that the strategy is not a cybersecurity plan, but rather, a broad set of prescriptions relating to the Internet and information more generally. Bronk states, “To borrow from Ronald Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski, the U.S. government has decided to pursue the protection of a global cyber commons.”

Israel mulls creation of elite counter-cyberterrorist unit

“Israel is mulling the creation of a counter-cyberterrorism unit designed to safeguard both government agencies and core private sector firms against hacking attacks.

The proposed unit would supplement the efforts of Mossad and other agencies in fighting cyberespionage and denial of service attacks. Israel is, of course, a prime target for hackers from the Muslim world.

The country’s hi-tech industries also make it an interesting target for cyberespionage from government-sponsored hackers from China and elsewhere.”

From The Register

Facebook drops uprising page after Israel protest

“Facebook on Tuesday removed a page calling on Palestinians to take up arms against Israel, following a high-profile Israeli appeal to the popular social-networking site.

The page, titled “Third Palestinian Intifada,” had more than 350,000 fans before it was taken down. It called on Palestinians to take to the streets after Friday prayers on May 15 and begin an uprising. “Judgment Day will be brought upon us only once the Muslims have killed all of the Jews,” a quote from the page reads.”

From The Globe and Mail

US and Israel were behind Stuxnet claims researcher

“Israel and the United States created the Stuxnet worm to sabotage Iran’s nuclear programme, a leading security expert has claimed.

Ralph Langner told a conference in California that the malicious software was designed to cripple systems that could help build an Iranian bomb.

Mr Langner was one of the first researchers to show how Stuxnet could take control of industrial equipment.

It is widely believed that its target was machinery used to enrich uranium.”

From BBC News

Google Street View raises Israeli security fears

“Google has for years fought claims its mapping and photography services infringed on personal privacy. Now the Internet giant is facing concerns from Israel that the technology could be used for terrorism.

Israel announced Monday it is considering ways for Google Street View to photograph Israeli cities, despite concerns the popular service could be used by terrorists to plot attacks against sensitive locations or political figures.”

From The Globe and Mail