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Internet hacktivist group Anonymous has declared cyberwar on Israel, posting personal data of five thousand Israeli officials online.
The group used their Anonpaste.me site to address a message to the Israeli government before linking to the page with names, ID numbers and personal emails of 5,000 officials.
The message said: “It has come to our attention that the Israeli government has ignored repeated warnings about the abuse of human rights, shutting down the internet in Israel and mistreating its own citizens and those of its neighboring countries.”
(Screenshot from anonpaste.me)
The group also said “Israeli Gov. this is/will turn into a cyberwar.”
Earlier, the group hacked over 700 hundred Israeli websites, including the Bank of Jerusalem, the Israeli Defence Ministry, the IDF blog, the President’s official website and many others.
Most of the sites remain down.
The country’s finance minister has acknowledged the recent wave of attacks, saying the government is now waging a war on a “second front.”
Over the past four days, Israel has “deflected 44 million cyber-attacks on government websites,” Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told AP.
By Agence France-Presse
Sri Lankan police Friday shut down opposition news websites, accusing them of carrying “false and vulgar reports”, months after imposing censorship on news alerts issued by mobile phone companies.
Seven media organisations, including the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, condemned the closure of the Lanka Mirror and Lanka X News offices located within the same building in Colombo.
“A group of 25 officers from the police Criminal Investigation Department sealed the offices and nine employees were arrested,” the media organisations said in a joint statement. “We condemn this deadly assault on media freedom.”
The Sri Lankan defence ministry said the news organisations were shut down after officials obtained a court order to carry out searches and seize equipment.
Rights groups and employees said one website was the official news organ of the opposition United National Party (UNP), while the other website was also closely linked to the UNP.
Fight for the Future, one of the major organizers behind the anti-SOPA blackouts that took the Internet by storm in January, is again gearing up to protest legislation it says will compromise the privacy of Internet users everywhere.
Fight for the Future co-founder Tiffiniy Cheng told The Daily Caller that her organization’s current campaign, Privacy is Awesome, exists to “make sure that senators hear from constituents that have privacy concerns.”
The group’s current target is the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill introduced by Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Rogers that passed the House by a comfortable 248-168 vote margin in April. CISPA will be considered by the Senate sometime next week.
The legislation is designed to encourage private companies and the federal government to share information about users that they collect online. Proponents say CISPA will help prevent sophisticated electronic attacks by terrorists and foreign governments.
“We strongly urge the Senate to swiftly take up this issue because the United States cannot afford to wait to improve our nation’s cybersecurity posture,” said TechAmerica chief Shawn Osborne. “Standing pat will only further risk our national security.”
However, Lee Tien, an attorney for a legal non-profit that sued AT&T over the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, said CISPA poses considerable risks to privacy.
“I worry that you can get a version of cybersecurity warrantless wiretapping out of this,” Tien said in April.
Fight for the Future is also working with Democrats.com, The Liberty Coalition and the Entertainment Consumers Association in its campaign against CISPA.
“[I have] major concerns about how much power the government will have to perform surveillance on all the individuals in this country,” Cheng said. “Cases could be built against individuals by the FBI, IRS, or whoever, without due process. CISPA opens the doors for huge amounts of abuse.”
Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden expressed similar concerns about the bill in the weeks preceding the Senate vote.
“[CISPA and its Senate equivalent] subordinate all existing privacy rules and constitutional principles to the poorly defined interest of cyber-security,” Wyden said, according to Slate.
CISPA is not the only cybersecurity legislation under consideration by the Senate. The Cybersecurity Act, which includes many provisions from CISPA, was introduced in February with support from Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Uploaded by GlobalResearchTV on Feb 18, 2012
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation posted a Request for Information last month calling on IT companies to demonstrate their ability to design software for monitoring, mapping and analyzing social media.
Find out more about the history of government spying and propaganda through social media on this week’s edition of Behind the Headlines.