Zionist Intelligence Chief: 170 000 Rockets Targeting Israel

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Zionist entity: head of the Zionist intelligence service Afif Kokhafi The head of the Zionist intelligence service Afif Kokhafi stated Thursday that the rockets threat is the most dangerous one the entity is facing, noting that there exist 170 thousand rockets projected towards the so-called ‘Israel’.

Kokhafi pointed out that major threats against his entity’s security are represented by “the Iranian nuclear program, the cyber war and ‘the global Jihad,” adding that about 30 thousand members of the “global jihad” are fighting in Syria at the moment, along with hundreds other active in Lebanon, in the Sinai Peninsula and other places in the region.

He also stated that activities carried out by the Egyptian army in the Sinai have reduced smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip, which prompted organizations active in the strip to produce rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons.

Kokhafi also turned to the cyber warfare, saying that several Zionist websites, including tens owned by security services, have been attacked hundreds of times over the last year, claiming that Zionist authorities managed to foil most of them.

Zionist entity: air force commander, Amir EshelEarlier, the Zionist air force commander, Amir Eshel, said Wednesday that thousands of Hezbollah bases – the Lebanese party of Resistance – are threatening the Zionist entity, which requires dealing with the matter by the logic of force to ensure security.

“We will have to deal strongly with thousands of Hezbollah bases that threaten the state of Israel and its internal regions,” Eshel stated, pointing out that the capital Beirut, the Bekaa Valley and southern Lebanon are among the targeted sites.

“Hezbollah fighters sometimes occupy full floors in residential buildings… This is where the war will take place. This is where we will have to fight to stop Hezbollah and defeat it. Whom who remains in these bases will get hurt and risk his life. Whom who get out of them will survive,” Eshel warned.

Since the 2006 July war on Lebanon, the Zionist entity has spared no chance to violate the Lebanese sovereignty in flagrant breaching of the UN resolution 1701, and its leaders do not hesitate to threaten the Lebanese people between now and then.

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30-01-2014 – 14:14 Last updated 30-01-2014 – 14:14

Israel’s "Red" Night: “The Largest Internet Battle in Mankind History”

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Hackers vowing to wipe Israel off the map of the Internet had staged dozens of cyberattacks on Israeli sites on Saturday night.

The campaign by hackers around the world, has so far vandalized dozens of Israeli sites and released hundreOp-Israelds of e-mail addresses and passwords.
Sites serving Israeli government agencies, including the Securities Authority, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and the Central Bureau of Statistics were brought down, according to a list posted on hackersnewsbulletin.com.

Some 19,000 Israeli Facebook accounts were hacked by the group Anonymous in an “operation” called #OpIsrael.

The virtual campaign was launched by hackers affiliated with the Anonymous group in order to protest Israeli policies in Palestine. The organizers threatened to wage “the largest Internet battle in the history of mankind” that would eventually “wipe Israel off the map of the Internet.”
“You have not stopped your endless human right violations,” the group said in a post addressed to the Zionist eHacking of Israeli sitesntity’s government.

“You have not stopped illegal settlements. You have not respected the ceasefire. You have shown that you do not respect international law.”

“This is why that on April 7, elite cyber-squadrons from around the world have decided to unite in solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israel as one entity to disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace.”

Israeli sources said that the attack was launched from areas in south Africa. Later on, the group was followed by other hackers from Arab and Muslim countries, including Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco.

The sources said that groups of hackers from Iran and Indonesia joined the campaign, adding that around 5000 hackers took part in the operation.

MEDIA OUTLETS DEPRECIATE ATTACK

Meanwhile, some media outlets appeared to be downplaying the cyberattack, with both Agence France Press and Arab television, al-Jazeera, along with Israeli media, reported that the attack was “failed.”
Op-Israel
“Hackers have launched an assault on Israeli websites, but the damage has been minimal as the Jewish state is prepared to fend off such attacks,” AFP said in its report.

“The hackers associated with the activist group Anonymous reportedly hit the websites of the premier’s office, the defense ministry, the education ministry and the Central Bureau of Statistics, among others”, the agency said, noting that: “but all appeared to be running normally.”

Meanwhile, al-Jazeera reported that “a weekend cyberattack campaign has targeted Israeli government websites but failed to cause serious disruption.”

It quoted an official at the Israeli government’s National Cyber Bureau, Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, as saying that the “hackers had mostly failed to shut down key sites.”

Below is the link of the post adressed by Anonymous to the Israeli government:
Anonymous Threat

Source: Agencies
07-04-2013 – 10:21 Last updated 07-04-2013 – 15:55

الشرطة الأردنية تلقي القبض على أحد أهم الهاكرز الأردنيين المعروف لدى أوساطه بـ «virus aser alrooh» لمشاركته بالهجوم الإلكتروني على الكيان الصهيوني

إسرائيل تسقط في “حرب الانترنت”..التلفزيون الإسرائيلي : إختراق موقع الإستخبارت الإسرائيلية من قبل الهاكرز

أعلن التلفزيون الإسرائيلي عن سقوط عشرات آلاف من الحسابات الإسرائيلية على موقع فايسبوك، بالإضافة إلى عشرات المواقع الحكومية الإسرائيلية،

أعلن التلفزيون الإسرائيلي عن سقوط عشرات آلاف من الحسابات الإسرائيلية على موقع فايسبوك، بالإضافة إلى عشرات المواقع الحكومية الإسرائيلية، بعد هجوم شنته مجموعة هاكرز مناهضة لإسرائيل تدعى “اوب إسرائيل”.

وكانت مجموعة “اوب إسرائيل” المناهضة للإعتداءات الإسرائيلية على الفلسطينيين أعلنت أنها ستجعل من يوم السابع من نيسان/إبريل يوماً عالمياً للمقاومة الإلكترونية بهدف شطب إسرائيل عن الشبكة العنكبوتية.

وقال مدير مكتب الميادين في إسرائيل إن عدداً كبيراً من المواقع الإلكترونية الإسرائيلية سقطت نتيجة هجوم الهاكرز، ومنها موقع دائرة الهجرة اليهودية ومواقع محاكم القضاء، وظهر على معظمها صور الأسير الفلسطيني سامر العيساوي.

ونقل مدير مكتب الميادين عن مدير دائرة السايبر ومعلومات الانترنت في الكيان الإسرائيلي روني بكار قوله “نحن لا نستيطع أن نفعل شيء، سوى أن نشاهد الحرب”، مؤكداً أن إسرائيل استخدمت قراصنة للرد وبدأت بضرب مواقع في باكستان وهي تتهم الفلسطينيين واللبنانيين بالمشاركة بالهجوم.

وقالت صحيفة هآرتس العبرية إن قرابة 19.000 حساب فيسبوك لإسرائيليين، تم تسجيل اختراقه من قبل قراصنة من حول العالم، يتبعون مجموعة مجهولة. وقالت الصحيفة عبر موقعها على الإنترنت، إن القراصنة هددوا بمحو خريطة اسرائيل من على شبكة الإنترنت، عبر شن هجمات واسعة النطاق مساء السبت، ضد عدد من الموقع الرسمية الاسرائيلية.

و اعلنت القناة الاسرائيلية العاشرة عن بدء الهجوم الالكتروني على دولة الاحتلال، وان ارتفاع الهجمات، وأوجها سيكون غدا الأحد.

واعلنت القناة العاشرة ان مساء السبت سقوط عدد من مواقع عده منها وزارة الاستيعاب وموقع سوق الأوراق المالية وموقع المحاكم الإسرائيلية ،كما تم اختراق بعض المواقع الشخصية الصغيرة .
وكتب على المواقع التي تم السيطرة عليها من قبل الهكرز كتبت شعارات دعت لتحرير فلسطين ، مع العلم أن الهجوم المركزي للهكرز مخطط ليوم غد الأحد.

وبحسب القناة العاشرة العبرية، فإن “المهاجمين نجحوا في اختراق وتدمير آلاف من حسابات الفيس بوك لإسرائيليين، وعشرات المواقع الالكترونية، منها مواقع بنوك ومؤسسات تعليمية”.

وكان خبراء إسرائيليون أكدوا أن الهجوم بدأ فعليا منذ أيام، فقد سجلت عمليات اختراق أنظمة الحواسيب الاسرائيلية مؤخرا ارتفاعا بنسبة 10 في المئة، وستصل مرحلة الذروة يوم غد الأحد.

ووضع القراصنة الإلكترونيين رسالة على أحد المواقع الإسرائيلية المخترقة، وتقول:

“نحن نسمع صراخ من غزة، نحن ندافع عن منطقتنا، بالسابق كانت الحروب بالطائرات والدبابات، أما ألان نحن ننتصر الكترونيا ونهزمكم في الفضاء الالكتروني، نجن ندمر، نحن نستطيع الوصول لصفحتك الشخصية، وجهازك الشخصي أينما تكون”.

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Anonymous launches massive cyber assault on Israel

Published time: April 06, 2013 20:18
Edited time: April 07, 2013 02:55

AFP Photo / Gabriel Bouys

Hacktivist group Anonymous has launched a second massive cyber attack against Israel, dubbed #OpIsrael. The collective threatens to “disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace” in protest over its mistreatment of Palestinians.
Dozens of Israeli websites were unavailable as of early Sunday.

In a video message posted on YouTube, Anonymous said that on April 7, “elite cyber-squadrons from around the world have decided to unite in solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israel as one entity to disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace.”

Addressing the Israeli government, the group stated: “You have NOT stopped your endless human right violations. You have NOT stopped illegal settlements. You have NOT respected the ceasefire. You have shown that you do NOT respect international law.”

Earlier on Saturday, an Anonymous affiliated group identifying itself as The N4m3le55 cr3w announced that they “have gathered 600 websites and 100 plus servers we will be attacking”throughout Israel. The list includes banks, schools, businesses and a host of prominent government websites. “That is just our targets,” the group warned.
“We cannot speak on what the rest of Anonymous will be attacking but we can guarantee it will be in the 1000′s.”

The massive cyber attack falls on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day. Anonymous has accused the Israeli government of mistreating its own citizens, violating treaties, attacking its neighbors, threatening to shut down the Internet in Gaza and ignoring“repeated warnings” about human rights abuses.

“The estimations are that [the cyber-attacks] will reach an unusual level that we have never seen before,” Deputy Information Security Officer Ofir Cohen said in an e-mail sent to Knesset employees on Thursday, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Cohen added that the E-government – the Israeli government’s information security body – and the Knesset’s internet service provider (ISP) are working to block the attack.

On Wednesday, thousands of Israeli Facebook users were infected by a virus, although its effects at this point appear to be minimal.
Reuters / Nacho Doce

On Friday, Israeli radio reported that scores of large organizations had closed their websites to shield them from hacker attacks.
Despite the impending threat, Lior Tabansky, a fellow at the Yuval Ne’eman Workshop for Science, Technology, and Security of Tel Aviv University, told the Times of Israel that distributed denial of service (DDos) attacks, which work by overwhelming targeted servers with traffic which stems from multiple systems, are the only tool at the hackers’ disposal.
“Unless they have names and passwords, [DDoS] is really their only attack strategy. Unfortunately, there is little a company can do to stop it, but it is not the major cyber-threat many people, especially in the media, believe it to be. It’s more of an annoyance, and if they do manage to intimidate sites into submission, the victory will be one of public relations.”However, other experts have warned that the hackers may attempt to deploy malware such as “Trojan horses”, which can steal information and harm host computer systems.
Screenshot from gov-israel.com
Anonymous launched the first ‘OpIsrael’ cyber-attacks in November 2012 during Operation Pillar of Defense, an eight day Israeli Defense Force (IDF) incursion into the Gaza s trip.
Some 700 Israeli website suffered repeated DDos attacks, which targeted high-profile government systems such as the Foreign Ministry, the Bank of Jerusalem, the Israeli Defence Ministry, the IDF blog, and the Israeli President’s official website.
The Israeli Finance Ministry reported an estimated 44 million unique attacks on government websites over a four day period.
Following ‘OpIsrael,’ Anonymous posted the online personal data of 5,000 Israeli officials, including names, ID numbers and personal emails.
The group also took part in an attack in which the details of some 600,000 users of the popular Israeli email service Walla were released online.
Screenshot from isscongress.co.il

Published Sunday, April 7, 2013
 
Dozens of Israeli websites were hacked in early morning hours Sunday, including pages of the prime minister’s office and the Tel Aviv stock exchange, in the largest cyber offensive on the Jewish state yet.

The operation is being dubbed #OpIsrael and is said to be led by the hackers group, Anonymous, which says it aims to wage hacking operations against human rights violators. Several official websites were covered in photos of long-time hunger striker Samer Issawi, deceased Palestinian prisoner Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh, and slain Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.

The names and email addresses of some 1,500 Mossad agents have also reportedly been made public in a Google Doc.
 

The organizers said Sunday would be “the largest Internet battle in the history of mankind” that would eventually “wipe Israel off the map of the Internet” on April 7, Holocaust Memorial Day. Over 19,000 Israeli Facebook pages are reportedly down. Below is an Anonymous video warning of Sunday’s offensive:

Israel has staged incursions into some West Bank towns, such as Hebron, in recent hours, raiding houses and confiscating computers, according pan-Arab network Al-Mayadeen and several activists.
Anonymous first waged a cyber-attack on Israel in November 2012 during Israel’s vicious eight day assault on the Gaza Strip, targeting 700 websites.

The following tweet includes a list of sites whose hacking had been verified by anonymous. Al-Akhbar can confirm that the sites of ISS Congress, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, the Tel Aviv stock exchange, the Defense Ministry, the Finance Ministry and several others were down at 2:30 AM local time Sunday.
 

إسرائيل تسقط في “حرب الانترنت”..التلفزيون الإسرائيلي : إختراق موقع الإستخبارت الإسرائيلية من قبل الهاكرز

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أعلن التلفزيون الإسرائيلي عن سقوط عشرات آلاف من الحسابات الإسرائيلية على موقع فايسبوك، بالإضافة إلى عشرات المواقع الحكومية الإسرائيلية،
أعلن التلفزيون الإسرائيلي عن سقوط عشرات آلاف من الحسابات الإسرائيلية على موقع فايسبوك، بالإضافة إلى عشرات المواقع الحكومية الإسرائيلية، بعد هجوم شنته مجموعة هاكرز مناهضة لإسرائيل تدعى “اوب إسرائيل”.

وكانت مجموعة “اوب إسرائيل” المناهضة للإعتداءات الإسرائيلية على الفلسطينيين أعلنت أنها ستجعل من يوم السابع من نيسان/إبريل يوماً عالمياً للمقاومة الإلكترونية بهدف شطب إسرائيل عن الشبكة العنكبوتية.

وقال مدير مكتب الميادين في إسرائيل إن عدداً كبيراً من المواقع الإلكترونية الإسرائيلية سقطت نتيجة هجوم الهاكرز، ومنها موقع دائرة الهجرة اليهودية ومواقع محاكم القضاء، وظهر على معظمها صور الأسير الفلسطيني سامر العيساوي.

ونقل مدير مكتب الميادين عن مدير دائرة السايبر ومعلومات الانترنت في الكيان الإسرائيلي روني بكار قوله “نحن لا نستيطع أن نفعل شيء، سوى أن نشاهد الحرب”، مؤكداً أن إسرائيل استخدمت قراصنة للرد وبدأت بضرب مواقع في باكستان وهي تتهم الفلسطينيين واللبنانيين بالمشاركة بالهجوم.

وقالت صحيفة هآرتس العبرية إن قرابة 19.000 حساب فيسبوك لإسرائيليين، تم تسجيل اختراقه من قبل قراصنة من حول العالم، يتبعون مجموعة مجهولة. وقالت الصحيفة عبر موقعها على الإنترنت، إن القراصنة هددوا بمحو خريطة اسرائيل من على شبكة الإنترنت، عبر شن هجمات واسعة النطاق مساء السبت، ضد عدد من الموقع الرسمية الاسرائيلية.

و اعلنت القناة الاسرائيلية العاشرة عن بدء الهجوم الالكتروني على دولة الاحتلال، وان ارتفاع الهجمات، وأوجها سيكون غدا الأحد.

واعلنت القناة العاشرة ان مساء السبت سقوط عدد من مواقع عده منها وزارة الاستيعاب وموقع سوق الأوراق المالية وموقع المحاكم الإسرائيلية ،كما تم اختراق بعض المواقع الشخصية الصغيرة .
وكتب على المواقع التي تم السيطرة عليها من قبل الهكرز كتبت شعارات دعت لتحرير فلسطين ، مع العلم أن الهجوم المركزي للهكرز مخطط ليوم غد الأحد.

وبحسب القناة العاشرة العبرية، فإن “المهاجمين نجحوا في اختراق وتدمير آلاف من حسابات الفيس بوك لإسرائيليين، وعشرات المواقع الالكترونية، منها مواقع بنوك ومؤسسات تعليمية”.

وأشارت مصادر صحفية إلى أن “مواقع عده سقطت بأيدي القارصنة، منها وزارة الاستيعاب، وموقع سوق الأوراق المالية، وموقع المحاكم الإسرائيلية، إضافة إلى موقع واللا العبري، ويعتبر من أهم المواقع الإلكترونية الإخبارية التابعة لاسرائيل”.

وكان خبراء إسرائيليون أكدوا أن الهجوم بدأ فعليا منذ أيام، فقد سجلت عمليات اختراق أنظمة الحواسيب الاسرائيلية مؤخرا ارتفاعا بنسبة 10 في المئة، وستصل مرحلة الذروة يوم غد الأحد.

ووضع القراصنة الإلكترونيين رسالة على أحد المواقع الإسرائيلية المخترقة، وتقول:

“نحن نسمع صراخ من غزة، نحن ندافع عن منطقتنا، بالسابق كانت الحروب بالطائرات والدبابات، أما ألان نحن ننتصر الكترونيا ونهزمكم في الفضاء الالكتروني، نجن ندمر، نحن نستطيع الوصول لصفحتك الشخصية، وجهازك الشخصي أينما تكون”.

Zionist Spy Agency Website Hacked by Anonymous

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Anonymous: OpIsraelThe Anonymous hacking group has claimed that it hacked into the website of the Zionist Mossad spy agency, gaining access to top-secret documents, Mehr news agency reported.

The Internet hacking group said on its twitter page that it gained access to the personal data of more than 30,000 Zionist officials, including military officials, politicians and Mossad agents, and that it will release the information gradually.

Hacking group Anonymous has launched a series of cyber attacks against Zionist websites since November 2012 in retaliation for Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Anonymous said it had launched the OpIsrael campaign following threats by Tel Aviv to cut all Gaza’s telecommunication links. OpIsrael campaign aims at wiping Zionist entity off the cyber world by April 7.

Shortly after the pro-Palestinian campaign was launched, dozens of Zionist websites were defaced or attacked. Many of the sites had their homepages replaced with messages in support of Hamas movement and the Palestinian people.

Source: Agencies
26-03-2013 – 20:36 Last updated 26-03-2013 – 20:36

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HRW OFFICIAL WEBSITE AND TWITTER ACCOUNT HACKED BY THE SYRIAN ELECTRONIC ARMY

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Human Rights Watch Official Website & Twitter Accounts Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

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The hackers from Syrian Electronic Army have hacked and defaced the official website of Human Rights Watch (HRW) (www.hrw.org) along with 3 of its Twitter accounts. Syrian Electronic Army known as hardcore supporters of Syrian president Bashar ul Assad, defaced the site an hour ago, leaving their deface page which redirects the sites to army’s official forum. While three of Human Rights Watch Twitter accounts were also taken over, one of the accounts is verified account of HRW with 568,467 followers. Other two accounts belong to Hanan Salah, Libyan researcher at Human Rights Watch and third account belongs to HRW Indonesia. Human Rights Watch’s website and Twitter account (https://twitter.com/hrw) were regained a while ago with an apology on earlier Tweets against USA and Saudi Arabia by Syrian Electronic Army. Human-right-watch-twitter-account-hacked-by-Syrian-Electronic-Army-1 - Copy
The accounts of Hanan Salah (https://twitter.com/hananHRW) and HRW Indonesia (https://twitter.com/HRW_id) were still displaying Tweets left by the hackers.
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Link of Human Rights Watch targeted domain: http://www.hrw.org/news Mirror of hacked Human Rights Watch domain: http://www.zone-h.org/mirror/id/19515646

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Anonymous Plots to "Erase Israel from the Internet"

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Anonymous: OpIsraelHacktivist group Anonymous, along with numerous other hackers, is planning a massive cyber-attack on the Zionist entity, threatening to “erase” the country from Internet. The entity of occupation is apparently taking the threats seriously, with defensive preparations underway.

“Hacktivists Starting Cyber Attack against Israel on 7th of April,” Anonymous wrote on Twitter, calling on hackers around the world to join up for a second ‘OpIsrael.’

The Zionist government agencies are reportedly readying for the attack: “It’s something being organized online over the past few days. What distinguishes this plan when compared to previous attacks is that it really seems to be organized by Anonymous-affiliated groups from around the world in what looks like a joining of forces,” Ofir Ben Avi, director of online group Accessible Government told Zionist daily Haaretz.

The first ‘OpIsrael’ cyber-attacks were launched by the hacktivist group during the Zionist ‘Pillar of Defense’ assault on Gaza in November 2012.

“We are Anonymous. We are legion. We will not forgive. We will not forget. Israel, it is too late to expect us,” their message to the Zionist authorities read.

Some 700 Zionist websites suffered repeated cyber-attacks, including high-profile government systems such as the Foreign Ministry, and the President’s official website. The Zionist Finance Ministry reported an estimated 44 million unique attacks on government websites.
Following ‘OpIsrael,’ Anonymous posted the online personal data of 5,000 Zionist officials, including names, ID numbers and personal emails.

Anonymous was also involved in an attack in which the details of some 600,000 users of the popular Zionist email service ‘Walla’ were exposed online.

Source: Websites
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USA To Award Medals For Killing Civilians by remote control

Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.

But the troops who launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized with the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it well away from any combat zone.

“I’ve seen firsthand how modern tools, like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems, have changed the way wars are fought,” Panetta said. “And they’ve given our men and women the ability to engage the enemy and change the course of battle, even from afar.”

The work they do “does contribute to the success of combat operations, particularly when they remove the enemy from the field of battle, even if those actions are physically removed from the fight,” he said.

The new blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for “extraordinary achievement” related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it.
Officials said the new medal will be the first combat-related award to be created since the Bronze Star in 1944.

A recognition of the evolving 21st century warfare, the medal will be considered a bit higher in ranking than the Bronze Star, but is lower than the Silver Star, defense officials said.

The Bronze Star is the fourth highest combat decoration and rewards meritorious service in battle, while the Silver Star is the third highest combat award given for bravery. Several other awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, are also ranked higher, but are not awarded for combat.

Response in the cybersphere was immediate and divided, and more often biting. While some acknowledged the contributions of cyber and drone warriors and said the award was the right thing to do, others dubbed the medal the “Geek Cross” and speculated that young video-gamers may soon get Purple Hearts for their animated wounds.

Over the last decade of war, remotely piloted Predators and Reapers have become a critical weapon to gather intelligence and conduct airstrikes against terrorists or insurgents around the world. They have been used extensively on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and northern Africa.

Over the same time, cyberattacks have become a growing national security threat, with Panetta and others warning that the next Pearl Harbor could well be a computer-based assault.

The Pentagon does not publicly discuss its offensive cyber operations or acts of cyberwarfare. Considering that secrecy, it’s not clear how public such awards might be in the future. The federal government, for example, launched a broad leak investigation after reports surfaced that the U.S. and Israel may have been responsible for the Stuxnet computer virus that attacked computers in Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities.

According to the Pentagon criteria, the medal gives the military a way to recognize a single act that directly affects a combat operation, doesn’t involve an act of valor, and warrants an award higher than the Bronze Star.

“The extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from comrades or from other persons in similar situations,” according to the Pentagon. It could include the “hands-on” but remote launching of a weapon and could specifically include efforts in space or cyberspace.

The medal is a brass pendant, nearly two inches tall, with a laurel wreath that circles a globe. There is an eagle in the center.

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Hacked Emails Reveal Plan to Stage Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

by deLiberation
Monday, January 28th, 2013

Since we entered the cyber-information age it has become increasingly difficult for those with a hidden agenda to conceal their machinations. There was the damning BICOM email that highlighted perfectly just how far-reaching the arm of Israel is when it comes to controlling how news is reported to the British public and the world through the BBC.
 
Here once again we have been supplied with evidence that there are those in government using ‘defense contractors’ to manipulate events for their own dark agenda, leaving the civilians of Syria to the mercy (or lack thereof) of these mercenary forces and their chemical weapons, trying to paint the Assad government as evil and tyrannical – willing to use chemical weapons on the Syrian population. The following article discusses the latest hacked emails that implicate Washington in this attempt to frame Assad’s Syrian Army with the use of chemical weapons…

By Paul Joseph Watson

28th January 2013

Alleged hacked emails from defense contractor Britam reveal a plan “approved by Washington” and funded by Qatar to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria and blame it on the Assad regime, fulfilling what the Obama administration has made clear is a “red line” that would mandate US military intervention.The leaked emails, obtained by a hacker in Malaysia, feature an exchange (click here for screenshot) between Britam Defence’s Business Development Director David Goulding and the company’s founder Philip Doughty;

Phil

We’ve got a new offer. It’s about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington.

We’ll have to deliver a CW to Homs, a Soviet origin g-shell from Libya similar to those that Assad should have. They want us to deploy our Ukrainian personnel that should speak Russian and make a video record.

Frankly, I don’t think it’s a good idea but the sums proposed are enormous. Your opinion?

Kind regards
David

The fact that the plan involves delivering a CW (chemical weapon) that is “similar to those Assad should have,” clearly suggests that the idea is to stage a false flag chemical weapons attack that could be blamed on Assad by Gulf states like Qatar and NATO powers.

If the claim that such as plot was “approved by Washington” can be verified, then the Obama administration is complicit in a war crime.

According to Cyber War News, which details the process of how the emails were hacked and includes screenshots of the leaked documents, the hack also uncovered, “extremely personal information,” including copies of passports of Britam employees, some of whom appeared to be mercenaries.

A full list of all the hacked documents can be found here.

Online business profiles confirm that both David Goulding and Philip Doughty work for Britam Defence.

syria-rebel

Last year, reports began to circulate that that US-backed rebel fighters in Syria had been given gas masks and were willing to stage a chemical weapons attack which would then be blamed on the Assad regime to grease the skids for NATO military intervention.

Soon after in August, President Barack Obama warned that the use or even transportation of chemical weapons by the Assad regime would represent a “red line” that would precipitate military intervention. French President Francois Hollande followed suit, stating that the use of such weapons “Would be a legitimate reason for direct intervention.”

At around the same time, a source told Syrian news channel Addounia that a Saudi company had fitted 1400 ambulance vehicles with anti-gas & anti-chemical filtering systems at a cost of $97,000 dollars each, in preparation for a chemical weapons attack carried out by FSA rebels using mortar rounds. A further 400 vehicles were prepared as troop carriers.

The attack would be blamed on the Syrian Army and exploited as an excuse for a military assault. A March 2012 Brookings Institution report entitled Saving Syria: Assessing Options For Regime Change outlined this very scenario – where a manufactured humanitarian crisis would be cited as justification for an attack.

Yesterday, Israel’s vice premier Silvan Shalom told reporters that if Syrian rebels obtained chemical weapons from stockpiles belonging to the Assad regime, such a development would force Israel to resort to “preventive operations,” in other words – a military strike on Syria.

In December, a shocking video emerged of Syrian rebels testing what appeared to be a form of nerve gas on rabbits, bolstering claims that the rebels had already obtained chemical weapons.

As Tony Cartalucci also highlights, “Mention of acquiring chemical weapons from Libya is particularly troubling. Libya’s arsenal had fallen into the hands of sectarian extremists with NATO assistance in 2011 in the culmination of efforts to overthrow the North African nation . Since then, Libya’s militants led by commanders of Al Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) have armed sectarian extremists across the Arab World, from as far West as Mali, to as far East as Syria.”

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Infowars.com and Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a host for Infowars Nightly News.

Iran Warns of State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks


Local Editor
 
Iranian secretary of the High Council of Cyberspace, Mehdi Akhavan BehabadiIranian authorities said Friday that their computer systems are being targeted extensively, and although assaults are waged at the Iranian computer infrastructure are nothing new, the coinciding attacks suggest a cyber-war could indeed be heating up between American entities and the United States’ foreign adversaries.

Mehdi Akhavan Behabadi, secretary of the High Council of Cyberspace, told the Iranian Labour News Agency that his country is cracking down on access to content on the Web as investigators try to determine the perpetrators behind the attacks this week that are affecting several sectors of the Iranian e-grid.

“Yesterday we had a heavy attack against the country’s infrastructure and communications companies which has forced us to limit the Internet,” Behabadi told Reuters news agency in an article published Wednesday.

“Presently we have constant cyber-attacks in the country. Yesterday an attack with a traffic of several gigabytes hit the Internet infrastructure, which caused an unwanted slowness in the country’s Internet.”
cyber war accelerates between Iran and the U.S.Iranian official suspect the assault on their systems are state-sponsored as well, while previously, engineers and computer experts have linked at least two types of viruses acting maliciously on Iran’s computer to the United States: the Stuxnet worm and the Flame virus. This time around, Behabadi once again suggests that the assault is more than just a maneuver from a few well-coordinated computer hackers.

“All of these attacks have been organized. And they have in mind the country’s nuclear, oil, and information networks,” he adds to Reuters.

Although the US had not admitted responsibility in either Flame or Stuxnet, the malware has long been assumed to have been developed in cooperation with American engineers. Experts at Russia’s Kaspersy Labs reported last month that they identified three new, similar viruses that they believe are related to the others sent to infect Iran, saying the malware’s coding “fits the profile of military and/or intelligence operations.”

Eye on the Enemy: Meridor, Iran-Syria-Hizbullah Axis Must be Broken

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Mofaz: West Must Strongly Interfere in Syria
Army Radio

Deputy Prime Minister, Shaul Mofaz said that the cyber war launched against Iran by many countries is a justified war, “I think it is a positive thing to let the Iranians get preoccupied with various strange spywares, it will distract them from developing their nuclear project”.

On the situation of Syria, Mofaz believes that what is happening in Syria is a genocide, and that the western world is overwhelmingly aware that Bashar al-Assad does not provide any means in order to maintain his rule, “I’ve said this before, and half a year ago, the leader who carries out massacres against his own people will eventually be toppled, as I am sure that this a matter of time and the question is how many innocent persons will have to die in order for this to happen. “

On the expulsion of Syrians ambassadors from Western capitals, Mofaz said that “this was tantamount to a very important declaration in my opinion, but in comparison with the horror that we are witnessing, this is not enough.” “I hope that this will be the first step in a series of more strict steps. I am sure that the West will intervene in what is happening in Syria,” he added. “We will not instruct the Western countries, but it is about time they intervene, whether directly or indirectly.”
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Meridor, Iran-Syria-Hizbullah axis must be broken
“Israeli” radio

” Minister of Intelligence, Dan Meridor, said that what is happening in Syria is a work of horror, where we frequently see massacres, and thousands of people being killed, “this government is bad for its citizens, it is a sardonic unjust world, thus, there are always limits when bypassed cause a global vigilance, we see this and cannot say things clearly, it is shocking and reprehensible, and I hope this international work will contribute in something to stop this carnage, this is a basic humanitarian perspective.”

“Can we take advantage of more? I think that today, awareness – what we asked for once – is being screened through the pictures, images also screened without being manipulated, and no one in the world doubts what is happening there, and the proof is the efforts of these ten countries,” he stated.
He added, “this business is terrible and will has been ongoing for some time, and once I said, and so as the Prime Minister, that we are being cautious regarding one matter, if we expressed our support to anyone, it would harm him, it is very easy to say: Oh, we fight against Jews and try to stir public opinion, however I said when the limits are exceeded, as they did now, seeing every day horrific pictures of children, women and men killed in the streets, and bodies dumped by the people themselves, the first against the second, silence is prohibited in this case and things must be spoken, this is a universal humanitarian issue, I hope it will be effective.”

“On the other hand, we express our position clearly, that Syria is part of the dangerous axis of Iran-Hizbullah-Syria; the Iranians have recently announced that their fighters are interfering, so as Hezbollah to save the Syrian regime, this axis is a threat to stability and peace, and Iran is its center, breaking this axis between Syria and Iran in my opinion is very important for all the Middle East and certainly for “Israel”.
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Dan Harel: No western military war against Syria
Channel 1


Former deputy chief of staff, Dan Harel, believes that the prospects for a western attack on Syria are very weak for two main reasons.
First, the Syrians know how to defend themselves, and they have a very, very sophisticated air defense, one of the most advanced in the world. Therefore, those who attack them must pay the price, and I do not think that the West is ready for this. You might ask why they have attacked Libya, Libya does not know how to defend itself.

Syrian Air Defenses
Second, Harel said, it is not necessarily a tactical reason, but they do not want to lose pilots and aircrafts. “I think that the strategic reason of the problem is not al-Assad, the problem lies with the major conflict between different sects in Syria. I think that everyone in the West realize that if a military attack took place then the Syrian leadership and this government will go into a cruel and appalling sectarian war.
Regarding the possibility of transmitting chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon, Harel said, that we should take into consideration two possible threats: first, a Syrian attack against us is a very weak possibility, as I think they’re afraid of our response because we have the ability to largely harm the Syrian army. Today the military is the primary means. As for the smuggling of arms of various kinds, in fact I think this is a real danger, and we’ll have to look in depth into Syria and to examine that if this happened how to deal with this matter.
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Massive Cyber Attack in Middle East Believed to Be State Sponsored

A new computer virus, named “Flame,” is being called possibly the most massive cyber attack in history—targeting primarily Iran, it seems, although the following RT report mentions attacks upon Israel, as well.

Unlike the RT report, a report in the New York Times does not say anything about the virus effecting computers in Israel. In fact, the article seems to hint very strongly (perhaps with a touch of pride?) that the Flame virus was created by Israel. Here is an excerpt:

The virus bears special encryption hallmarks that an Iranian cyberdefense official said bear strong similarities to previous Israeli malware. “Its encryption has a special pattern which you only see coming from Israel,” said Kamran Napelian, an official with Iran’s Computer Emergency Response Team. “Unfortunately, they are very powerful in the field of I.T.”
While Israel never comments officially on such matters, its involvement was hinted at by top officials there. “Anyone who sees the Iranian threat as a significant threat — it’s reasonable that he will take various steps, including these, to harm it,” said the vice prime minister and strategic affairs minister, Moshe Yaalon, in a widely quoted interview with Israel’s Army Radio on Tuesday.
Interestingly, both the Times article, as well as this story at Y-Net, are accompanied by photos of a segment of the virus code, apparently courtesy of Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. And like RT, Y-Net also claims computers in Israel have been infected with the virus. There has of course been widespread speculation the Stuxnet virus was an Israeli creation, and even Wikipedia seems to give a great deal of credence to the theory. Stuxnet’s possible role in the Fukushima disaster has also been explored. See here , here , and here.

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Assad’s email – None of the leaked emails belong to him

The U.S. magazine “Foreign Policy,” published a report today stating that the e-mail of Bashar al-Assad, was pirated by a “hacker.” and annexed to the report a number of letters the pirate seized from the mail.

Among the pirated piblished messages one from the former British MP George Galloway to the presidential adviser Shaaban summer of 2010, and email addresses belonging to employees claimed that they exchanged letters with Assad. The magazine claimed that Assad email is sam@alshahba.com, The mail of Assad’s wife, according to the claim, is fl@mopa.gov.sy!!?

The magazine, because of her excessive intelligence  (the intelligence of the white man claims against us the  stupid Indians”) published at the end of its report the name of the person who sent them the information, appreciated his contribution (and we thank the magazine for revealing the hacker!). The Hacker is Fadi Mqayed! When you click on the name you go directly to the his “Twitter” and you would from his chat with his friends that he is a “hacker” and not anyone else! (Will not say now who is this person, resident in the UAE, and we will reveal that later!).

 The funy of this is that the pirate, in the context of telling one of his friends what he had done, he  came out with an impression that Syria is run by a herd not able to run a Kentucky restaurant! “? In fact the donkey is the “smart” pirate who does not even know to read the messages he hcked. He claimed that the Mail of Sam Dallah belings to Bashar al-Assad.

What concerns us in this news is not what the American Journal reported, we don’t expect a Western magazine to know the  Special Mail of Bashar al-Assad, what concerns us is Ayman Adulnour that was quick to publish the report on his site “ALL4SYRIA موقع ” كلنا شركاء”  coinciding roughly with the publication of the report inForeign Policy” !? (Do this concidence bear a special significance!?).

All4Syria repeated the claim which raise the following questions:

Among the pirated messages there is a message from the e-mail owner (SAM) in which he informs the Minister Shaaban that he met (with others) the Turkish Ambassador in Damascus last July and talk to him about the issue of refugees in Turkey, Syria and other issues.

Fadi Mqayed ★★★

Fadi Mqayed ★★★

@DSyrer

Syrian-German. CS Student. Social-Liberal. Programmer & Linux fanatic.
Aleppo, Syria; Berlin, Germany · http://dsyrer.tumblr.com
Click the link to read a proposed structure of a constitution for (federal) Syria

Is it not supposed logicaly, except for the donkeys, of course, the head of state can not in terms of protocol go to the Embassy of a foreign state in the country and speak on the topics of this kind and then submit a report to the Secretary of him about his meeting with the ambassador?

In short the e-mail belong to Dr. Sam Dallah, the spokesman for the “Committee for the preparation of the new constitution,” and Dean of the Institute of Administrative Management, and not Bashar al-Assad. The the other e-mail , who was said to  belong to Asma al-Assad, it is not her’s, but to another employee in the presidency affairs. More

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Syria’s ‘Electronic Warriors’ Hit Al Jazeera

Via FLC

“On Wednesday, the entire staff of the Al Jazeera network allegedly received an email instructing them to change their computer and email passwords.
 

Earlier in the week, the network’s server had been hacked by the self-styled Syrian Electronic Army, and some of its secrets were released to the media.
The major find to be made public was an email exchange between anchorwoman Rula Ibrahim and Beirut-based reporter Ali Hashem. The emails seemed to indicate widespread disaffection within the channel, especially over its coverage of the crisis in Syria.
 
Ibrahim wrote to her colleague saying that she had “turned against the revolution” in Syria after realizing that the protests would “destroy the country and lead to a civil war.” She went on to deride the opposition Free Syrian Army, which she described as “a branch of al-Qaeda.”
 
Ibrahim also complained about the attitudes of various colleagues at the channel’s Doha headquarters, saying some of them “have refused to greet me ever since the outbreak of events in Syria because they hold a grudge against my sect.”
Al Jazeera staffers were relieved that the email exchange had been leaked, “because it exposed the station’s biased and unprofessional coverage Syria.”
 
Hashem responded sympathetically, saying he had opted to sit on the fence after sending the channel footage of armed men clashing with the army which he had witnessed while reporting from northeastern Lebanon. He said that after he submitted the video, he was told to return to Beirut on the grounds that he was exhausted.
 
In her response, Ibrahim once again protested that she had “been utterly humiliated. They wiped the floor with me because I embarrassed Zuheir Salem, spokesperson for Syria’s Muslim Brothers. As a result, I was prevented from doing any Syrian interviews, and threatened with [a] transfer to the night shift on the pretext that I was making the channel imbalanced.”
Ibrahim also spoke of how Syrian activists invited onto Al Jazeera use terms of sectarian incitement on air, “which Syrians understand very well.”
 
Hashem wondered in response where the channel’s head of news, Ibrahim Hilal, stood in all this. Ibrahim answered that he was “stuck between a rock and a hard place: the agenda and professionalism...” (continue, here)

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Israel is under Cyber Attack

DateMonday, January 16, 2012 at 6:20PM AuthorGilad Atzmon

By Gilad Atzmon

The ‘Arab hackers’ attack on Israel escalated today. The Israeli Stock Exchange’s and El Al’s sites collapsed on Monday. The hackers say that it is within their capability to crash every Israeli server.

“If Israel apologises to the people of the Gaza genocide, we may reduce the attacks,” said Saudi Hacker OxOmar to Ynet in an interview via email. “I want to harm Israel in any way possible. Hitting Israel in the pocket is certainly where it hurts. “I’ll Make the Israeli authorities cry ” warned OxOmar who operates from Mexico.

OxOmar wasn’t very happy with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, who called the Hacker’s attacks an act of “terrorism”. Ayalon also warned that hackers may have to bear the consequences. He obviously referred to Israeli vengeance. But OxOmar seems to be resilient, “If the Israeli authorities, and especially Danny Ayalon, apologise to me and the people in Gaza, I may reduce my attacks,” he said. “Ayalon has to apologise for threatening to kill me, and Israel should also apologise for the massacre in Sabra and Shatila.”

Needless to say that the Jewish State is pretty devastated by the Idea that a bunch of ‘indigenous Arabs’ are far more technologically advanced than its own chosen cyber pirates.

I guess that this Cyber attack on Israel is a clear warning to Britain and America. Every cyber tactic implemented against Israel could easily be employed against Britain, America or any other Western State or institution. If Israeli banks are vulnerable, there is no reason to suspect that HBSC or Lloyds are much safer.

Gilad Atzmon’s New Book: The Wandering Who? A Study Of Zionist’s global interests Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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Operation Free Palestine – #OpFreePalestine

DateWednesday, December 28, 2011 at 8:27PM AuthorGilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon: I do not know much about this group but they seem to be determined…

“Anonymous, TeaMp0isoN and many other hacktivists from around the world have united, we may not be able to stop the Zionist regime, but the least we can do is raise awareness and educate people by defacing Zionist websites, Operation Free Palestine is about educating the blind and terrorising the terrorist, the tables have turned, the time has come”

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War on Iran has already begun. Act before it threatens all of us

Escalation of the covert US-Israeli campaign against Tehran risks a global storm. Opposition has to get more serious
Wednesday 7 December 2011 20.59 GMT
Iranians honour dead Revolutionary Guards commander
Iranians carry honorary coffins and pictures of a
 Revolutionary Guards commander
killed in an explosion at the Alghadir missile base.
Photograph: Reuters
They don’t give up. After a decade of blood-drenched failure in Afghanistan and Iraq, violent destabilisation of Pakistan and Yemen, the devastation of Lebanon and slaughter in Libya, you might hope the US and its friends had had their fill of invasion and intervention in the Muslim world.
It seems not. For months the evidence has been growing that a US-Israeli stealth war against Iran has already begun, backed by Britain and France. Covert support for armed opposition groups has spread into a campaign of assassinations of Iranian scientists, cyber warfare, attacks on military and missile installations, and the killing of an Iranian general, among others.

The attacks are not directly acknowledged, but accompanied by intelligence-steered nods and winks as the media are fed a stream of hostile tales – the most outlandish so far being an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the US – and the western powers ratchet up pressure for yet more sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme.

The British government’s decision to take the lead in imposing sanctions on all Iranian banks and pressing for an EU boycott of Iranian oil triggered the trashing of its embassy in Tehran by demonstrators last week and subsequent expulsion of Iranian diplomats from London.

It’s a taste of how the conflict can quickly escalate, as was the downing of a US spyplane over Iranian territory at the weekend. What one Israeli official has called a “new kind of war” has the potential to become a much more old-fashioned one that would threaten us all.

Top Iran MP: We Will Reverse-Engineer US drone, Mass Produce It
Iran Details US Drone Downing, Acquires Know-How Technology
 WSJ: ‘How to destroy drone shot-down by Iran’ 
Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret US Surveillance Effort: NYT

Last month the Guardian was told by British defence ministry officials that if the US brought forward plans to attack Iran (as they believed it might), it would “seek, and receive, UK military help”, including sea and air support and permission to use the ethnically cleansed British island colony of Diego Garcia.

Whether the officials’ motive was to soften up public opinion for war or warn against it, this was an extraordinary admission: the Britain military establishment fully expects to take part in an unprovoked US attack on Iran – just as it did against Iraq eight years ago.

What was dismissed by the former foreign secretary Jack Straw as “unthinkable”, and for David Cameron became an option not to be taken “off the table”, now turns out to be as good as a done deal if the US decides to launch a war that no one can seriously doubt would have disastrous consequences. But there has been no debate in parliament and no mainstream political challenge to what Straw’s successor, David Miliband, this week called the danger of “sleepwalking into a war with Iran”. That’s all the more shocking because the case against Iran is so spectacularly flimsy.

There is in fact no reliable evidence that Iran is engaged in a nuclear weapons programme. The latest International Atomic Energy Agency report once again failed to produce a smoking gun, despite the best efforts of its new director general, Yukiya Amano – described in a WikiLeaks cable as “solidly in the US court on every strategic decision”.

As in the runup to the invasion of Iraq, the strongest allegations are based on “secret intelligence” from western governments. But even the US national intelligence director, James Clapper, has accepted that the evidence suggests Iran suspended any weapons programme in 2003 and has not reactivated it.

The whole campaign has an Alice in Wonderland quality about it. Iran, which says it doesn’t want nuclear weapons, is surrounded by nuclear-weapon states: the US – which also has forces in neighbouring Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as military bases across the region – Israel, Russia, Pakistan and India.

Iran is of course an authoritarian state, though not as repressive as western allies such as Saudi Arabia. But it has invaded no one in 200 years. It was itself invaded by Iraq with western support in the 1980s, while the US and Israel have attacked 10 countries or territories between them in the past decade. Britain exploited, occupied and overthrew governments in Iran for over a century. So who threatens who exactly?

As Israel’s defence minister, Ehud Barak, said recently, if he were an Iranian leader he would “probably” want nuclear weapons. Claims that Iran poses an “existential threat” to Israel because President Ahmadinejad said the state “must vanish from the page of time” bear no relation to reality. Even if Iran were to achieve a nuclear threshold, as some suspect is its real ambition, it would be in no position to attack a state with upwards of 300 nuclear warheads, backed to the hilt by the world’s most powerful military force.

The real challenge posed by Iran to the US and Israel has been as an independent regional power, allied to Syria and the Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas movements. As US troops withdraw from Iraq, Saudi Arabia fans sectarianism, and Syrian opposition leaders promise a break with Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, the threat of proxy wars is growing across the region.

A US or Israeli attack on Iran would turn that regional maelstrom into a global firestorm. Iran would certainly retaliate directly and through allies against Israel, the US and US Gulf client states, and block the 20% of global oil supplies shipped through the Strait of Hormuz. Quite apart from death and destruction, the global economic impact would be incalculable.

All reason and common sense militate against such an act of aggression. Meir Dagan, the former head of Israel’s Mossad, said last week it would be a “catastrophe”. Leon Panetta, the US defence secretary, warned that it could “consume the Middle East in confrontation and conflict that we would regret”.
There seems little doubt that the US administration is deeply wary of a direct attack on Iran. But in Israel, Barak has spoken of having less than a year to act; Binyamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, has talked about making the “right decision at the right moment”; and the prospects of drawing the US in behind an Israeli attack have been widely debated in the media.

Maybe it won’t happen. Maybe the war talk is more about destabilisation than a full-scale attack. But there are undoubtedly those in the US, Israel and Britain who think otherwise. And the threat of miscalculation and the logic of escalation could tip the balance decisively. Unless opposition to an attack on Iran gets serious, this could become the most devastating Middle East war of all.
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Syrian Cyber Army Attacks: Stop Intervention in Syrian Affairs

Local Editor

A huge number of activist groups from the “Cyber Syrian Army” attacked numerous pages of the US administration pages on Facebook, among which is the “White House” page, and that of US President Barack Obama. The attack also targeted the French President Nicolas Sarkouzy’s page.

The invasion, as this cyber army insists to call, delivers a clear message to the US administration indicating that the US interference is not welcome in Syria. It also expresses the Syrian people’s love to their President Bashar Assad, and exposes the lies of the Medias and misleading satellite TV channels, which spread incitement in Syria.

“Dear Mr. Obama, we, the Syrians have suffered a lot from the words of hatred sourced from you and the US administration against our country and people”. This is a comment of a Syrian Cyber Army member, which was posted on the middle of US President Barak Obama’s page. Other comments appeared as well, becoming thousands in a few seconds, for the cyber invasion doesn’t require more than ten minutes. The page was then filled with tens of thousands of comments that expressed support to President Bashar Assad, and demanded Obama to “just mind his own business”.

The White House page had its share in the invasion as well, for after Obama’s page, thousands of internet surfers targeted the White House page on Facebook with comments rejecting the US interference in Syria and its people’s affairs.

One of the members posted on the page wall: “You should be aware that we own the courage and the freedom to clearly yell in your faces: stop your interferences in our country”.

Amid a state of total shock, the responsible for running the US administration cyber pages were unable to do anything, for the huge amount of comments posted in seconds makes it hard to immediately remove them. Yet on the other hand, some Americans admired this unprecedented movement on the Facebook page, while others were annoyed, and demanded those in charge of managing the page to delete those comments…

And that, the administration was incapable of achieving.

“All of us in Syria love President Bashar Saad, and that is why you should stay away from us Mr. Obama, we don’t need your freedom of democracy. We saw that democracy in Iraq, Palestine… and everywhere”. This comment came to mark the last shower of cyber missiles launched on the White House page before attackers retreated as fast as they got in, leaving the US administration to discuss and analyze their heroic comments.

On the 7th day of establishing the page, now with more than 40 thousand members, The Syrian Cyber Army page manager confirmed in an interview with Al Intiqad news website, that the idea of the page started after they notices the angry reactions of what the satellite TV channels are broadcasting about Syria, therefore they believed there should be some side to launch a counter response.

The page manager indicated that the goals for establishing the Syrian Cyber Army page are clear; it’s to confront the Media warfare practiced on Syria, and achieve a national cohesion between the Syrian youth over the internet. He further clarified that the page expressed the youth’s notions, and granted them the right to reply before the biased satellite channels that seek incitement in Syria.

The Syrian Cyber Army page administration promised to conduct new attacks of different forms, which will have the whole globe listen to what each noble Syrian has to say.
The Syrian Cyber Army page manager addressed the activists and members of the page saying, “The Syrian blood if precious… Our country is calling for us, and we have met its call”.
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It’s Payback Time! – The cyberwar begins

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by Justin Raimondo, December 10, 2010

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The headlines are ablaze with news of the war – no, not that war, or that war, or even this war – I’m talking about the “cyberwar” being waged against the enemies of WikiLeaks, not only the American and Swedish governments, but also the corporate collaborators who have done their best to drive WikiLeaks into the ground. 
A group of computer-savvy warriors for truth and justice, who call themselves “Anonymous,” have brought down the internet operations of MasterCard, Visa, and FinancePost (the Swiss that abruptly terminated WikiLeaks’ account), as well the site of the Swedish prosecutors’ office and that of the odious “feminist” lawyer, Claes Borgstrom, who is fronting for the CIA’s sex-smear-frame-up of Julian Assange.  

This cyberwar, which was started by the US, has two sides going at it, but you’d never know that from reading the “news” accounts in the legacy media. Take this typical story from USA Today, headlined “Pro-WikiLeaks cyberattacks show growing threat,” which avers:

“The attacks Wednesday were part of a recent series by supporters and enemies of WikiLeaks, said Gunter Ollmann of Internet security firm Damballa. ‘It’s like a Wild West shootout … and we’ve had these different organizations being caught in the crossfire,’ he said.
“Last week, WikiLeaks servers were knocked offline by people angry over its release of diplomatic and military information that critics said could embarrass the government and even risk lives, he said.”

Who are these “people” who are “angry” at WikiLeaks – random “patriots”? Sean Hannity? Sarah Palin? Joe Lieberman? Of course not: it’s these guys, i.e. employees of the US government whose online aggression is illegal and unethical.

WikiLeaks, you’ll recall, was brought down by a series of powerful denial-of-service (DOS) attacks undoubtedly launched by US government thugs. WikiLeaks supporters are now firing back, and for daring to defend themselves are deemed a “growing threat” by such arbiters of online etiquette and Just War Theory as the editors of USA Today. A similar case of self-imposed blindness permeates the “reporting” of the Washington Post, which described the attacks on MasterCard, Visa, et al, as follows:

“The online attacks are part of a wave of support for WikiLeaks that is sweeping the Internet. Twitter was choked with messages of solidarity for the group, while the site’s Facebook page hit 1 million fans. 

“Late Wednesday, Operation Payback itself appeared to run into problems, as many of its sites went down. It was unclear who was behind the counterattack.”

It’s “unclear” only to those whose vision is blurred by State-worship. For the rest of us, it’s all too clear who was and is responsible for the online thuggery directed at WikiLeaks and  its supporters. The same people who believe they have a God-given “right” to carpet-bomb civilians and murder foreigners “terrorists” en masse are now launching virtual attacks on web sites whose owners have violated no known laws and are publishing exactly the same materials being printed by the New York Times, the Guardian, and Der Spiegel. The online version of the TSA hasn’t taken down the web sites of the legacy media, at least not yet, but make no mistake – they’re next.

Naturally, our online spooks have a cover story, albeit not a very convincing one, dutifully trotted out by the Los Angeles Times:

“A group called Anonymous temporarily disables the websites of Visa and MasterCard after they said they would no longer handle donations to WikiLeaks. A rival ‘patriotic’ hacker, the Jester, fights back.

“… Meanwhile the Jester has claimed responsibility for taking down WikiLeaks’ website several times since it posted its first batch of confidential State Department cables on Nov. 29. The Jester, who describes himself as a patriotic hacker with a military background, claims other like-minded hackers have approached him to help.”

We’re supposed to believe that a single private individual, who claims to be “ex-military,” and who tweets “TANGO DOWN!” every time he hits his target, is responsible for bringing down WikiLeaks. Those who fall for this story are like those children who really believe you can’t see them if they hide their face behind their fingers. Well, peek-a-boo, Mr. Government Employee – I see you! And so does anybody else with an ounce of sense.

Like all government employees, however, these Pentagon hackers are engaged in “work” that is neither productive nor useful even to themselves and their masters, because WikiLeaks is stronger now than it has ever been if strength on the internet is measured in terms of accessibility. In response to what is clearly a government-mandated campaign to destroy them, their supporters have harnessed the technology to evade and indeed make a complete mockery of the enemy. As this rather technical but fascinating piece concludes:
“If suppressed content automatically goes viral, the Internet’s construction basically guarantees that that content will have a home for the rest of time. If you attack DNS support, people will tweet raw IP addresses. If you take down the BGP routes to web content, people will put up more mirrors, or switch to overlay networks to distribute the data. You can’t burn down the Library of Alexandria any more— it will respawn in someone’s basement in Stockholm, or Denver, or Beijing.”

Which is precisely why the US government fears and loathes not only WikiLeaks, but the Internet itself, and is now making an effort – futile, as explained above – to control it. It’s a realm entirely beyond Washington’s power to regulate and suppress – and we can’t have that! This is why they’re trying  to make an example of WikiLeaks, and  Assange, and that’s why they will ultimately fail. Furthermore, their efforts to do so will boomerang and cause their ultimate downfall, as Assange explains in his brilliant essay, “State and Terrorist Conspiracies.” [.pdf]

Assange likens authoritarian and neocorporatist regimes to conspiracies, with various branches that communicate with each other and yet must maintain enough secrecy to stave off growing opposition to their schemes. To threaten this essential element of all such regimes – secrecy – is to cause the ruling elite to clamp down and restrict information flow even within its own apparatus, lest a dreaded “leak” seeps out. And that course is fatal, as Assange explains:

“Literacy and the communications revolution have empowered conspirators with new means to conspire, increasing the speed [and] accuracy of the their interactions and thereby the maximum size a conspiracy may achieve before it breaks down. Conspirators who have this technology are able to out conspire conspirators without it. For the same costs they are able to achieve a higher total conspiratorial power. That is why they adopt it. For example, remembering Lord Halifax’s words, let us consider two closely balanced and broadly conspiratorial power groupings, the US Democratic and Republican parties. Consider what would happen if one of these parties gave up their mobile phones, fax and email correspondence — let alone the computer systems which manage their subscribes, donors, budgets, polling, call centers and direct mail campaigns? They would immediately fall into an organizational stupor and lose to the other.

“An authoritarian conspiracy that cannot think is powerless to preserve itself against the opponents it induces. When we look at an authoritarian conspiracy as a whole, we see a system of interacting organs, a beast with arteries and veins whose blood may be thickened and slowed until it falls, stupefied; unable to sufficiently comprehend and control the forces in its environment.”

This recalls the key insights of Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich von Hayek, the libertarian theorists of the “Austrian” school, whose critique of socialism was that imperfect knowledge dooms efforts by central authorities to regulate business and fix prices.

Our rulers, however, have other ideas. Armed with computer technology, and the hubris of scientism – which purports to wear the mantle of science – they think they can get around the inherent limitations of the human condition, and control the uncontrollable. What they didn’t take into account was that such hubris induces opposition – and so the first cyberwar has begun.

It is a war the US government, with all its resources, cannot win, because the nature of the technology – the weaponry – has defeated it before even the first shot was fired. And make no mistake: that first shot was fired by Washington, not Assange – an act of aggression our puffed-up rulers will live to regret.
The more the government clamps down and tries to hide its secrets, the more vulnerable it will become – until that glorious day dawns when its blood is so thickened and slowed that “it falls, stupefied, unable to sufficiently comprehend and control the forces in its environment.”

Assange is a thinker, as well as a doer: he long ago perfected the theory of which WikiLeaks is the practice, and you would do well to investigate what he has to say in his seminal 2006 essay [.pdf]. I can’t resist quoting the wonderful introduction, which puts the WikiLeaks fight in perspective:

“To radically shift regime behavior we must think clearly and boldly for if we have learned anything, it is that regimes do not want to be changed. We must think beyond those who have gone before us, and discover technological changes that embolden us with ways to act in which our forebears could not. 

“Firstly we must understand what aspect of government or neocorporatist behavior we wish to change or remove. Secondly we must develop a way of thinking about this behavior that is strong enough carry us through the mire of politically distorted language, and into a position of clarity. Finally must use these insights to inspire within us and others a course of ennobling, and effective action.”

Words to inspire, as well as inform.

One last thing: these “hactivists” have been denounced as “nihilists,” and “anarchists” (as if the two terms are synonymous, which they are not), but this is just regimist propaganda designed to scare people into accepting an ever-tightening tyranny that is reacting in a way that seals its own doom. It is not “nihilism” to oppose our rulers and their “new world order” of client states and perpetual war: it is patriotism of the highest order, patriotism in the service of liberty. They think they can stop the rising tide of rebellion by arresting a 16-year-old boy in the Netherlands – but can they arrest the over 40,000 people who have recently downloaded the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, the hi-tech weapon of choice that brought down MasterCard? Of course not. They rule by fear, and smear – but only if we let them.

Of course, Antiwar.com does not endorse illegal acts, nor do we urge people to engage in them. But this war, Cyberwar I, was started by the Powers That Be – and now let them fight it, even as they realize that they cannot win.

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