Lawrence Ellison is the CEO of Oracle Systems, Inc
., the foremost producer of computer software for corporate databases. (Ellison has built a $150 million home in Woodside, California, featuring "a ten-building compound modeled after a Japanese imperial villa"). [LI, D., 4-1-01, p. 7] The aforementioned Michael Dell, head of Dell Computers
, is one of the richest people on the planet. Sandy Lerner is the "founder of network software giant Cisco Systems
." [WALSH, M., 12-23-96, p. 17]
Irwin Jacobs founded and heads Qualcomm, Inc., "the telecommunications company [that] has grown to $3.3 billion in annual revenues by providing wireless telephone service, mobile satellite communications, and Internret software." [MOTHER JONES , 5-3-01] Stanley Kalms, also Jewish, heads Great Britain's largest Internet provider: Freeserve.
In Russia, Anatoly Karachinsky, Jewish like all the others noted here, is head of Information Business Systems
and is "regarded in Russia as the country's answer to Bill Gates. [He] is about to become the country's first high-technology dollar millionaire." [FINANCIAL IMES, 10-2-01] Karachinsky "set up NewspaperDirect
, a system that allows newspapers from anywhere in the world to be printed on a desktop." [FINANCIAL TIMES, 10-2-00]
Jewish American billionaires who are under 40 years old (who have made their fortunes in computers and high technology) include Rob Glaser, the CEO and Chairman of Real Networks
(worth $2.27 billion); Monte Zweben, the Chairman, President, and CEO of Blue Martini Software
(worth $1.69 billion); and Jerry Greenberg (co-CEO and co-founder of Sapient
(worth $1.47 billion). Others with high-ranking fortunes who are under 40 include Eric Greenberg, Chairman of Scient
(worth $603 million); Danny Lewin, co-founder and CTO of Akamai Technologies
(worth $591 million at age 30), and Dan Snyder, head of Snyder Communications
, (with $540 million). [DIBA/WATSON9-18-2000, p. 112-120]
Among the above, Lewin was killed in the 2001 terrorist attack upon the World Trade Center. "In July," noted CNN, "Lewin was named one of the Top 10 people of the Enterprise Systems Power 100, a list of industry leaders chosen for their effect on the IT (information technology) landscape and for their ability to influence the industry's direction ... Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Jerusalem, Lewin is an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, having served in the country's military for more than four years." [SIEBERG, D., 9-11-01]
From: When Victims Rule. A Critique of Jewish Pre-eminence in America
(Citation sources for the above quotes are at the end of this online book)
Googley-eyed over success,
USA Today, August 27, 2001
"Walk into Google's headquarters, and the first thing you see on the wall is a constantly changing real-time projection of some of the 100 million daily searches taking place on its site — everything from the song-swap service Kazaa to condoms to Martha Stewart. On the Web Google At Google, with 1,800 queries a second, searching is what it's all about. 'Our decision early on, and it turned out to be the right one, is that just being the best search engine was enough,' says Sergey Brin, 27, who co-founded Google in 1998 with fellow Stanford University Ph.D. candidate Larry Page ... Brin [is the] son of a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union who has lived in the USA since age 6."
(a web site that critically analyzes Google)
Startup Nation. Israel has more startups than anywhere outside of Silicon Valley.What's fueling the Internet boom? Soldiers, officers, code-breakers, and spies,
Business 2.0, November 2000
"On the northern tip of Tel Aviv, where the old port used to be, sits a nightclub called Dugit. One of many open-air clubs on this stretch of beach, Dugit also rubs shoulders with auto shops, abandoned warehouses, and a pet-supplies store. During most summer evenings, Dugit and the other hot spots here attract some of Tel Aviv's hippest after-hours club crawlers. But one recent sweltering night, Dugit turned into a teeming nest of spies. They were Israeli soldiers -- 300 elite operatives from some of the nation's most secretive high-tech intelligence and electronic warfare units. They were on a mission so sensitive that their superior officers had been deliberately left out of the loop -- no need for them to know, and they wouldn't have been happy had they known. Many had been enticed here by one of the oldest tricks in the spy handbook: an invitation from a pretty young woman working for the other side. Some of the operatives were armed, M-16s hanging loosely from their shoulders. All were hunting for what has become one of the most coveted objectives in Israeli intelligence circles today: startup funding. L'affaire Dugit was, in fact, a recruiting party thrown by a group of Israel's big-gun high-tech companies. The attendees were targeted because they are among the brains behind the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF. They belong to units that dream up the state-of-the-art intelligence and communications technologies that give the IDF its tactical edge. These technological innovations power Israel's far-ranging high-tech boom. In Israel, yesterday's soldier is tomorrow's entrepreneur, and the event's sponsors, established Israeli tech outfits that include Comverse Technology, RoseNet, and Yazam, are trying to get an early line on ideas to fund or geniuses to hire ... The United States has MIT, Stanford, and a handful of other academic hothouses that nurture the talent and research from which many high-tech powerhouses emerge. In Israel, the military, much to its own discomfort, increasingly plays that role. Since the creation of Israel in 1948, the military has compensated for its lack of resources and manpower with brainpower. Particularly in the past 20 years, the IDF has invested billions of dollars in developing technological warfare. The result is a number of secret, semisecret, and open-secret divisions devoted to coming up with cutting-edge technologies designed to help Israel know what its enemies are doing -- and to kill them when the need arises .. With the spread of the Internet, the kind of technological wizardry once used to guide missiles, beam secure communications, and break codes suddenly presents enormous commercial opportunities. 'By sheer luck," says Professor Shimon Schocken, dean of the school of computer science at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, a private Israeli university, 'Israel already had the solutions to so many of the problems of the Internet.' Even a short list of hot tech companies that have recently spun out of Israel's military-technological complex is long, [including Amiram Levinberg's] Gilat Satellite Networks, which last year made more than half of the interactive VSATs (small satellite earth stations used in communications networks) sold in the world. Several of the founders of Israel's best-known tech success, the Internet security firm Check Point Software Technologies, are former members of 8-200 who specialized in developing firewalls between classified military computer networks. Today, the seven-year-old company has a market cap of $23.4 billion and commands 52 percent of the worldwide market for commercial firewall software. Gideon Hollander, CEO of wireless software maker Jacada, is a veteran of those units, where he worked on artificial intelligence systems. Founders of new startups iWeb (software for delivering Web ads), CTI2 (Web telephony), AudioCodes (voice-compression technology), and hundreds of others are former secret warriors. All this technological ferment has catapulted Israel into the front ranks of global tech powers -- and transformed an economy that just a decade ago was a disaster. There are now more startups in Israel than there are anywhere outside Silicon Valley. Israel, a country of 6 million people, ranks third in the world in the number of Nasdaq-listed companies, behind the United States and Canada. ... (More recently, according to Israeli and international press reports, Israel acquired a urine sample from ailing Syrian president Hafez Assad by clandestinely doctoring a toilet that was set aside for his exclusive use at the funeral of Jordan's King Hussein in February 1999. The toilet's pipes were rerouted to lead to a specimen jar; Israeli agents later analyzed the sample for clues about the Syrian leader's health and concluded that he was living on borrowed time. Assad died 16 months later.) But it is military intelligence, more than any other single factor, that accounts for Israel's tech prowess. In fact, the demands made by the elite intelligence units seem as if they're meant to be basic training for startup entrepreneurs. Soldiers work in small, highly motivated teams, with brutal hours and little sleep. The pressure to innovate is crushing -- national survival is at stake ... Aryeh Finegold ... recently founded his third company, Orsus, an e-commerce software maker. As an engineer for Intel in the United States in the 1980s, Finegold was a principal architect of the 286 and 386 chips. One of his previous startups, Mercury Interactive, an e-commerce monitoring software company, has a market cap of about $11.2 billion ... Talpiot's [a special military division] role in the current tech boom is no secret. Assaf Monsa and another Talpiot graduate, Yair Mann, along with two other alumni of elite tech units, three years ago founded RichFX, which has developed streaming video technology that Monsa says uses between one-twentieth and one-hundredth of the bandwidth gobbled up by competing systems ... Marius Nacht, another Talpiot grad, is a co-founder of Check Point. Eli Mintz, CEO and president of Compugen, a gene sequencing technology firm, and Yuval Shalom, co-founder and CTO of Wiseband, a maker of wireless phone technologies, also went through Talpiot .... [Another military group, Mamram] comes from its founding members: 8 Ashkenazi Jews and 200 Iraqi immigrants who were specialists in wireless communications and had worked for Iraqi Railways. Their skills became the cornerstone of the electronic intelligence gathering, encryption, and other activities known to be among the unit's specialties. It's illegal for past and present members to talk about 8-200, although it has become something of an open secret in the tech world. The unit has also attained a mythical status among venture capitalists for the entrepreneurial wizards who are veterans of the unit ... About 90 percent of Israeli startups are incorporated not in Israel but in the United States. That's in part because the United States is such a huge market, but it's also because the country has a less troublesome tax regime and deep ranks of managerial and marketing expertise from which Israeli companies can draw. Some of Israel's largest and most successful tech companies call the United States home: Comverse, a voice messaging company with a market cap of $14.9 billion, is based in Woodbury, N.Y.; Mercury Interactive is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. More common these days is what's known as the fast exit, whereby startups either sell out to a foreign multinational entirely or split themselves in two, keeping R&D in Israel but moving sales and marketing to the United States."
Netscape Heeds Jews' Gripes Over Web Directory,
[Jewish] Forward, November 22, 2002
"Internet giant Netscape has acknowledged anti-Israel bias in its massive Web cataloguing service and has taken several steps to correct the situation, including dismissing the volunteer editor Netscape says was responsible. Responding to a complaint by the Jewish Internet Association, an Internet watchdog group, Netscape's Robert Keating said the company would also eliminate a category that linked users to Jewish extremist groups such as Kahane Chai and would add a separate list of pro-Israel organizations under their own category ... The service, known as the Open Directory Project, is an effort to create a comprehensive catalog of the Internet, with millions of Web sites placed into categories and subcategories. Hosted and administered by Netscape, the directory is now featured by various search engines, including the popular Google. Tens of thousands of volunteer editors choose the Web sites, Web site descriptions and categories that will be placed in the directory, but Netscape 'sets the editorial policies and direction' of the project, according to the directory's own Web site. Netscape has said that the volunteers are chosen by unpaid senior editors, who are approved by Keating, the editor in chief of the project. Chriss said his organization discovered problems in the directory last month, and sent a letter with specific allegations of bias and distortions to Steve Case, chairman of Netscape's parent company, AOL Time Warner. [Chuck Chriss, president of the California-based Jewish Internet Agency] complained that the directory contained a link to 'Jewish Hate Groups,' including Kach and Kahane Chai, but did not contain a corresponding category for Islamic extremists, nor any sites describing antisemitism among Muslims ... Shortly afterwards, Chriss received a letter from Keating saying Netscape agreed that there was bias in the directory and that it had decided to dismiss the volunteer editor who they said was responsible. In addition, the company eliminated the 'Jewish Hate Group' section, added a separate list of pro-Israel organizations under their own category and included the Jewish Internet Association's own pro-Israel 'Palestine Facts' Web site. Chriss told the Forward last week that he did not blame Netscape for the initial bias, saying they had a small staff supervising tens of thousands of volunteer editors ... Derick Mains, a Netscape spokesman ... suggested that pro-Israel activists volunteer to be editors on the directory and correct some of the perceived bias."
GIL SHWED, Chairman and CEO Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.,
CIO Magazine, October 1, 2002
"You can forgive Gil Shwed for not wanting to discuss his age, which he reluctantly confirms is 34. He was just shy of 25 when he and two colleagues started Check Point Software. The company's rise thrust Shwed into a spotlight most executives don't see for decades. His appearance on Forbes' 2002 list of under-35 'billionaire babies' has led some wags back home to call him the 'Bill Gates of Israel.' All that attention comes thanks to Check Point FireWall-1, the first mass-market firewall that made its debut just as the Internet was taking off in 1993. That product and subsequent Check Point offerings are credited with helping define the nascent markets for network security and virtual private networks. It was during Shwed's four years in the Israeli Defense Forces that he first had the idea for stateful inspection—the network security standard for which he holds a patent."
Semel: The New Yahoo on the Block, news.com, April 17, 2001
"Terry Semel has already made his mark on Hollywood. Now he's hoping to do the same with one of the Internet's most visited Web portals. On Tuesday, Yahoo announced that Semel will replace outgoing Chief Executive Tim Koogle after an executive search mounted less than two months ago. The move brings a media veteran with international experience and a self-proclaimed specialty in marketing to the helm of the troubled Internet bellwether. It also puts Semel back in the hot seat about a year and half after he quit his job as co-head of Warner Bros., presumably to pursue a quieter life running an Internet investment firm."
Steve Ballmer, Jewish Virtual Library (A Division of the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise)
"Steve Ballmer, 43, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp. on January 13, 2000. In his capacity as president and CEO, Ballmer is responsible for the overall management of Microsoft ... The Detroit-born son of a Jewish mother is now the world's richest Jew, worth an estimated $25 billion."
Time Magazine Honors Survivor.
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, January 2, 1998
"Time magazine has named a Holocaust survivor its 1997 Man of the Year. The magazine honored Andrew Grove, chairman and CEO of Intel, which produces nearly 90 percent of the world's personal computer microprocessors. Grove was born Andras Grof in Hungary to a dairyman and a bookkeeper ... [Intel] is now worth $115 billion and earns $5.1 billion annually in profits, making it the seventh most profitable company in the world." [Other Jewish moguls in the computer world in recent years include Michael Dell, head of Dell Computers; Steve Ballmer, president of Microsoft; Nate Kantor, president of MCI International; Steven Kirsch, founder of Infoseek; Mark Goldston, CEO of NetZero; Mitchell Kapor, head of Lotus Development Corporation; Mark Cuban, head of Broadcast.com and Audio.Net; Lawrence Perlman, head of Seagate; John Roth, CEO of Nortel Network; Benjamin Rosen, founder of Compaq computers; Beny Alagem, CEO, president, and chairman of Packard Bell NEC (Hewlett-Packard); Laurence Ellison, CEO of Oracle Systems; Sandy Lerner, founder of Cisco Systems; Irwin Jacobs, founder of Qualcomm Inc., Rob Glaser, CEO and Chairman of Real Networks; Monte Zweben, President and CEO of Blue Martini Software; Jerry Greenberg, co-founder of Sapient; Eric Greenberg, Chairman of Scient; Danny Lewin, founder of Akamai Technologies; and Dan Snyder, head of Snyder Communications.] The Jewish Exponent estimates that 10-15% of all Microsoft employees are Jewish. -- [Mono, Brian. Spiritual Wealth: The Economy Is Doing Just Fine, Jewish Exponent, 12-30-99, p. 9] Among the above, Lewin was killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. As CNN noted: "Lewin was named one of the top 10 people of the Enterprise Systems Power 100, a list of industry leaders chosen for their effect on the IT (information technology) landscape and for their ability to influence the industry's direction ... Born in Denver, Colorado, and raised in Jerusalem, Lewin is an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, having served in the country's military for more than four years." [SIEBERG, D. Akamai: Co-Founder Dies in WTC Plane Crash, 9-11-01, CNN.com]
I'll Gladly Pay You Tuesday. How PayPal Has Already Won the Battle of the Internet Payment Systems,
PBS, August 31, 2000
"Max [Levchin], who is 25 years old and working for his fourth Internet startup company, is Chief Technical Officer at X.com. And X.com, while it sure sounds to me like a great place to find dirty pictures online, is actually a financial services site on the World Wide Web. X.com's claim to fame is PayPal, an Internet payment system built by ... Max Levchin. Since it was launched last Fall, PayPal has become the payment system of choice for 3.3 million web surfers, many of whom use it to buy and sell things on eBay and other auction sites. When PayPal (not yet X.com) was organized in January 1999, it wasn't a particularly auspicious time to start a micropayment system, or any payment system for that matter ... Max, who is a very bright, very articulate kid who immigrated nine years ago from the Ukraine and speaks better English than I do, fits the Silicon Valley model better than does PayPal. Max lives in an apartment with no furniture, drives a $57,000 sports car, and has a mother back in Chicago who fears (she doesn't know for sure) that her son is a failure because he doesn't have a Ph.D. or even a masters degree. PayPal, on the other hand, just shifts around dollars and cents from one person to another."
JULY 2, 2001
AOL's Point Man in the Web War. How CEO Barry Schuler plans to leave Microsoft in the dust,
"This Barry M. Schuler has the typical geek pedigree. The CEO of America Online Inc. (AOL ) took apart gadgets as a kid, built his own microcomputer in the mid-'70s, and now has rigged up a home network so he can listen to his collection of 7,000 jazz and rock music files through speakers in any room in his house. But Schuler has something many techies lack: He understands most people aren't like him. 'Normal people don't lust after technology,' he says. 'They want whatever it's supposed to do' ... Schuler, 47, who has been the online service's CEO since January, deserves just as much credit for AOL's explosive success. For the past three years, Schuler has run the AOL service, putting his stamp on much of the design that makes it so simple to use and the features that make it so popular with families ... You can credit Schuler's parents for encouraging his eye for design, his comfort with technology, and his stay-close-to-your-customers credo. His artsy homemaker mom encouraged his childhood enthusiasm for painting, sculpture, and photography--even letting him turn the basement of their suburban New Jersey home into a darkroom. Schuler's father, a Jew who fled Austria a step ahead of the Nazis, ran a warehousing business."
Ray Kurzweil (well known in the "Artificial Intelligence" field has a web site.
Kurzweil's 1996 lecture in Israel, "Israel in the Age of Knowledge." He sits on two advisory boards for an Israeli company called Jerusalem Global Ventures.
Rich in Love,
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 28, 2003
"When Susan Samueli met her future husband, Henry, at a dance at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles in 1979, she never could have anticipated how different her life would be today. That was 24 years and three children ago, before Samueli became a household name in much of Southern California, as Henry co-founded Broadcom, the leading provider in broadband high-speed communications technology. It was way before Broadcom went public, and the Samuelis, with Henry serving as chief technical officer, became multimillionaires nearly overnight ... Her family, her Judaism and her career (she ran an alternative health-care consulting practice until 1995) all guide her new life, just as they did her old one ... Samueli’s interest in health care is matched by her husband’s passion for technology. 'But we have a common interest in Judaism,' Henry said. Raised in the Valley, Susan Samueli was always immersed in the activities of an active Jewish community. 'It was very different where I went to high school at Grant. During the High Holidays, the campus was empty. Of course, everyone was ditching who wasn’t Jewish, too,' Samueli said ... In the spring of 2001, the Samuelis bought 20 acres of land adjacent to the already existing Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School for $20 million. The site, overlooking the hills and valleys of much of Orange County and directly opposite UC Irvine, will be the future site of the Samueli Campus. The campus currently provides both elementary and high school education. The second phase of the building project includes a full-service Jewish Community Center with a fitness center, pool, theater and auditorium and facilities to house the Jewish agencies of Orange County. Groundbreaking will begin when the $20 million campaign goal is reached. (Approximately 80 percent of phase two has been raised.) The couple has also been instrumental in the construction of two Orange County synagogues and recently funded a synagogue in a suburb of Tel Aviv. They also give extensively to the Bureau of Jewish Education, Jewish Family Services, the Jewish Federation of Orange County and Morasha Jewish Day School."
The Secrets of Drudge Inc. How to set up a round-the-clock news site on a shoestring, bring in $3,500 a day, and still have time to lounge on the beach,
Business 2.0, April 2003
"Pound for pound, who's the biggest, richest media mogul on the Web? Terry Semel? Nope. Sumner Redstone? Not exactly. Try Matt Drudge. Years after his big "scoop" -- leaking that Newsweek was sitting on a story about the tryst between President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky -- Drudge's website is bigger than ever. Run on a shoestring, the Drudge Report, a plain-Jane page of news links and occasional scoops, clears, by our back-of-the-envelope estimate, a cool $800,000 a year. While other news sites make money, they don't mint it Drudge-style. New York Times Digital scored an operating profit of $8.3 million last year. But it has 237 full-time employees, meaning that each worker accounts for about $35,000 in profit. (And that doesn't take into consideration the fact that the site's reports are actually generated by the newspaper staff, a cost allocated to the paper side only.) By any calculus, Drudge's site might be the most efficiently run on the Web; it makes the Times site look bloated. Drudge's is a two-person operation (although he never mentions his right-hand man); that means it makes $400,000 per employee. And he never has to leave the comfort of his Miami condo. Lessons From a Web Media Powerhouse How to give a two-man shop the reach and influence of a major news organization. 1. Offload the Work. Instead of paying reporters to ferret out stories, Drudge gets the news through his network of sources. 'To my knowledge Matt does virtually no independent reporting whatsoever,' says his pal Lucianne Goldberg. 2. Aggregate, Don't Duplicate. When Drudge gets wind of breaking news, he doesn't bother trying to report the story. Instead he just points his readers to other news sources that already have the story, whether it's an obscure Norwegian paper or the New York Times. 3. Zero Bureaucracy Means Great Speed. Drudge can post breaking news in the time it takes to type a headline into an HTML file. There's no anchor to put in the makeup chair or layers of editors who need to vet a story before it goes live. 4. Don't Discuss Business. Drudge never explains how he stays on top of the news 24 hours a day. This builds mystique and creates buzz, which translates into traffic. The result: millions of readers and not a penny spent to advertise the website ...In fact, Drudge does sleep. And he isn't exactly chained to his keyboard. 'He swims on the beach every day and goes and has a burrito for lunch,' according to friend Lucianne Goldberg, a conservative talk-radio host ... Michael Kinsley, founding editor of Slate, who once tried, unsuccessfully, to do business with Drudge, says the go-it-alone persona is just a mask. 'Matt's very different from his public image. He thinks he's this incredibly powerful, ruthless avenger,' Kinsley says. 'But he's actually sort of an innocent, Walter Mitty type -- except that his fantasies are more or less true.' In fact, he's written the book on building an online media business."
[Note: Akamai Technologies was co-founded by Daniel Levin. Levin, an officer in the Israeli military, was killed in one of the planes involved the 9-11 attack. Another censor listed below is Yahoo! -- which is headed by Terry Semel, also Jewish and a judge at a recent Israel Film Festival.]
Al Jazeera and the Net - free speech, but don't say that,
By John Lettice, The Register (UK), April 7, 2003
"Arabic satellite TV network Al Jazeera's efforts to build an English-language web site have run into another speed bump. Akamai Technologies, whose 'Accelerated Networks can stand up to unpredictable traffic and flash crowds for even the largest events,' fired Al Jazeera last week. Akamai issued a statement saying it had worked 'briefly' last week with Al Jazeera, but that it had decided 'not to continue a customer relationship' with the channel. No reason was given for the decision, but an Al Jazeera spokeswoman told the New York Times that companies were coming under 'nonstop political pressure' to refuse to do business with the channel. Al Jazeera launched an English-language web site at the end of last month, and this immediately came under fire on several fronts. It was hacked, DDoSed, Network Solutions was tricked into allowing the domain to be hijacked (which inspires confidence), and US host DataPipe gave it notice after what Al Jazeera claimed was pressure from other customers. The English language site was up at time of writing, but Al Jazeera clearly needs to find a robust, long-term solution, and this is equally clearly going to be very difficult indeed. There are many ironies to the multi-decked 'get Al Jazeera' campaign; one attack suppressed the site with the slogan 'Let Freedom Ring!' (only up to a point, presumably), while practically none of those busily denying themselves the right to access it can have had time to read it in the first place ... Al Jazeera protests, in fairly mild terms, that it is 'increasingly appearing to be subject to a campaign designed at limiting its access to Western audiences,' and this does look awfully like the truth ... Essentially Al Jazeera's 'Iraqi propaganda' activities are no greater (perhaps even rather less) than those of many liberal media outlets. In the UK many of these have also been criticised by the government, but they have not been the subject of major hacking attacks, nor have hosting and services companies declined to do business with them. We should also clarify something regarding the footage of the prisoners and the dead servicemen; military spokesmen to the contrary, reproducing such images is not a breach of the Geneva Convention. The Geneva Convention is directed at governments, and does not cover news organisations. Al Jazeera has arguably broadcast images of the Iraqi Government breaching the Geneva Convention, but that is not the same thing. To get this into perspective, note that one of the most striking pictures from the Vietnam war was of a South Vietnamese officer shooting a prisoner - do we argue that this should not have been published? If Al Jazeera had footage of an Iraqi shooting a British prisoner, should that be broadcast? The other way around? Are our standards today different from those of the 60s, or do the criteria differ depending on the nationalities of the participants and/or the audience? The answers are not straightforward, nor should they be ... By Western standards Al Jazeera may have breached standards of taste and decency, and may not (again by Western standards) have sufficiently contextualised bin Laden and Iraqi exercises in propaganda. But by Middle Eastern standards Western media could similarly be accused of too readily parrotting propaganda in the other direction, and of too frequently operating a system of self-censorship. There's some merit to both points of view, the demise of Arnett being a good example of self-censorship, but there's no good reason for casting Al Jazeera into outer darkness - unless of course the problem is that its coverage has been increasingly reaching a Western audience. Or an Internet audience. Back in the irony department Yahoo!, which you may recall had some trouble with the French government a while back over Nazi memorabilia, is one of the companies declining to carry Al Jazeera advertising owing to 'war-related sensitivity,' and there's probably a high correlation between people who want Al Jazeera run off the web and people who oppose virtually any kind of internet censorship. Al Jazeera meanwhile has racked up millions more new TV viewers than it could possibly hope to gain via a web site, and its service has continued to be available in the US during the war. So why is the Internet different? To some extent, it possibly isn't. Al Jazeera seems to have been able to run an Arabic web site without coming under serious fire until it introduced the English version. Similarly, it's been able to run an Arabic TV station without Western companies trying to pull the plugs on it, and with Western governments denouncing it on the one hand while using it in order to get to its audience on the other. So it's possibly OK if it's over there, in Arabic, but not if it's over here, in English (if it goes ahead with its planned English TV service later this year, then we'll no doubt find out). The Internet is different, however, in that despite it being, allegedly, the New Frontier, the ultimate medium for free speech, it's also eminently suited to the suppression of free speech. Sure, anybody can set up a web site and say whatever they like, but only if not too many people read what they say, and only if they're careful about what it is they say. Say something controversial that enough people don't like, and you'll get attacked. Say something particular pressure groups don't like, and you'll get attacked on multiple fronts, bombarded via email, mail and voice phone, indirectly via your neighbours, other people in your organisation, hosts your organisation deals with, other outfits using the same hosts who don't like the publicity."
[So, uh, how is "devising" this attack a plus for the world?]
Snail mail attack could be launched online,
New Scientist, April 15, 2003
"An avalanche of unwanted post could be released upon an unsuspecting victim using nothing more than an internet connection and some simple code, a team of US researchers says. The attack, devised by Aviel Rubin at Johns Hopkins University and Simon Byers [also Jewish?] and David Kormann at AT&T Labs, involves automatically subscribing a victim to hundreds of thousands of catalogue request forms that are available online. Using search engines to instantly locate such forms and then simple code to automatically feed a victim's name and address into them, the researchers say such an attack would be dangerously simple to carry out. 'We have been living in a state of bliss, spoiled by the lack of any concerted attacks that utilise these new services, search engines in particular,' the researchers write in a paper entitled Defending Against an Internet-based Attack on the Physical World. The researchers say guarding against an attack would be difficult ... Aside from the impact on individuals, Rubin and his co-authors warn that such an attack could even disable a local postal office."
[Which Country Leads the World -- By Far -- in Computer Hacking Attacks?]
Riptech [pdf file: Origin of Attacks -- See page 16]
Fans launch "Free Kobe" Web site,
[sidebar to the article entitled: Kobe Submits DNA during hospital visit]
ESPN, July 10, 2003
"A pair of sports fans have launched a Web site to take advantage of the Kobe Bryant legal situation, the Rocky Mountain News reported Wednesday. Californian Jeff Reichman and Boston-area resident David Feingold have created a campaign and a retail store at www.freekobe.com, where they are offering T-shirts, coffee cups and hats. The two men launched the site Tuesday in response to reports that Bryant, a guard/small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, was arrested in Eagle County on suspicion of sexual assault. Bryant has not yet been formally charged. "There are not really any superstars to look up to anymore," Reichman, 24, said to the newspaper. The site's creators, according to the newspaper, say they are seeking to "protect one of the few remaining role models in this tumultuous world of basketball fandom." "It's not so much that we are huge fans of Kobe, but it's more that we are fans of the idea that there can be a hero, somebody to look up to in professional sports," Reichman said. The T-shirts and hats sold on the site feature a "Free Kobe" logo and slogans such as, "Because we're running out of heroes."
[The "Russian" mafia is dominantly Jewish.]
Hackers Hijack PC's for Sex Sites,
By JOHN SCHWARTZ, New York Times, July 11, 2003
"More than a thousand unsuspecting Internet users around the world have recently had their computers hijacked by hackers, who computer security experts say are using them for pornographic Web sites. The hijacked computers, which are chosen by the hackers apparently because they have high-speed connections to the Internet, are secretly loaded with software that makes them send explicit Web pages advertising pornographic sites and offer to sign visitors up as customers. Unless the owner of the hijacked computer is technologically sophisticated, the activity is likely to go unnoticed. The program, which only briefly downloads the pornographic material to the usurped computer, is invisible to the computer's owner. It apparently does not harm the computer or disturb its operation ... The current version of the ring is not completely anonymous, since the hijacked machines download the pornographic ads from a single Web server. According to the computer investigators, that machine apparently is owned by Everyones Internet, a large independent Internet service company in Houston that also offers Web hosting services to a large number of companies. Jeff Lowenberg, the company's vice president of operations, said that he was not aware of any illegal activity on one of his company's computers but said that he would investigate ...Mr. Stewart, who has written a technical paper to help antivirus companies devise defenses against the porn-hijacking network, has named the program "migmaf," for "migrant Mafia," because he thinks the program originated in the Russian high-tech underworld. Hackers from the former Soviet Union have been linked to several schemes, including extortion attempts in which they threaten to shut down online casinos through Internet attacks unless the companies pay them off. Antispam activists have also accused Russian organized crime organizations of taking over home and business PC's to create networks for sending spam. "They always seem to lead back to the Russian mob," Mr. Stewart said."
Israel ECtel wins U.S. telecoms carrier deal,
Forbes, August 19, 2003
"A major U.S. telecoms carrier has ordered Israeli company ECtel's lawful interception application, the firm said in a statement on Tuesday. A valuation for deal was not given and a spokeswoman for the firm declined to comment on the size of the contract. ECtel, a unit of telecoms equipment holding firm ECI Telecom, makes monitoring equipment for communications networks. Shares in ECtel were up 0.7 percent at $6.15 in morning trade on the Nasdaq exchange.
[The following Israeli article is about Amdocs. What is Amdocs? This, from Fox News reporter Carl Cameron (at http://cryptome.org/fox-il-spy.htm) : "Most directory assistance calls, and virtually all call records and billing in the U.S. are done for the phone companies by Amdocs Ltd., an Israeli-based private telecommunications company. Amdocs has contracts with the 25 biggest phone companies in America, and more worldwide. The White House and other secure government phone lines are protected, but it is virtually impossible to make a call on normal phones without generating an Amdocs record of it. In recent years, the FBI and other government agencies have investigated Amdocs more than once. The firm has repeatedly and adamantly denied any security breaches or wrongdoing. But sources tell Fox News that in 1999, the super secret National Security Agency, headquartered in northern Maryland, issued what's called a Top Secret sensitive compartmentalized information report, TS/SCI, warning that records of calls in the United States were getting into foreign hands in Israel, in particular. Investigators don't believe calls are being listened to, but the data about who is calling whom and when is plenty valuable in itself. An internal Amdocs memo to senior company executives suggests just how Amdocs generated call records could be used. “Widespread data mining techniques and algorithms.... combining both the properties of the customer (e.g., credit rating) and properties of the specific ‘behavior….’” Specific behavior, such as who the customers are calling. The Amdocs memo says the system should be used to prevent phone fraud. But U.S. counterintelligence analysts say it could also be used to spy through the phone system. Fox News has learned that the N.S.A has held numerous classified conferences to warn the F.B.I. and C.I.A. how Amdocs records could be used."]
Billing firm Amdocs closes in on two massive deals,
By Gitit Pincas, Haaretz (Israel), August 24, 2003
"Billing software developer Amdocs has reached the advanced stages in a $100 million tender conducted by credit card and financial services company Visa, according to a source in the industry. ABN AMRO, the world's 10th largest bank, is also examining Amdocs solutions. Amdocs refused to comment on the reports. Amdocs' billing and customer relationship management (CRM) software is directed primarily at the telecommunications sector, but the company has recently tried to penetrate the banking and financial services sectors, as well as technology manufacture, health care, commerce and retail. The industry believes the company has a good chance of entering the financial services market, as its CRM solution, Clarify, has already been applied under similar circumstances. Amdocs maintains secrecy surrounding expansion plans, code-naming projects like the Visa tender, Venus, and the ABN AMRO project, Beta. Staff members involved in the projects are asked only to use the code names to prevent information leaks. The Clarify software became part of the Amdocs product line after the company purchased Nortel subsidiary Clarify for $200 million in October 200 ... Visa has issued more than 1 billion cards in 150 countries and handled $2.4 trillion in transactions in 2002. ABN AMRO boasts more than 3,000 branches in 60 countries."
Hackers using Israeli 'net site to strike at Pentagon,
By Nitzan Horowitz, Middle East Facts (originally from Haaretz - Israel), July 30, 1999
"An Israeli Internet site is being used by international computer hackers as a base for electronic attacks on U.S. government and military computer systems, according to Pentagon officials who were quoted in a Washington Times report yesterday. The paper said that the National Security Agency detected the hackers and warned government security officials last week about the electronic penetration attempts. The warning was issued by the National Security Incident Response Center, an interagency group set up by the NSA to track computer attacks, the Washington Times explained. The attacks were traced to an Internet protocol (IP) address in Israel, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. (An IP address is a number that identifies a computer connected to the Internet.) Many probes of government and military computers were detected from the Israeli site, the agency noted, adding that the site is a popular "jump point" for hackers in Israel and other countries. Hackers have also used the site to store hacker-related materials, such as software and database information, the Washington paper reported. Such materials can include special password-breaking programs that are used to find entry points into Internet sites."
"[Yet another wolf guarding the henhouse. "Amit Yoran" sounds Israeli. Interesting fact: "Adjusting for the number of Internet users in each country, the intensity of attacks from Israel is nearly double the attack intensity rate of any other individual country."
White House Names Yoran as Cybersecurity Chief,
By Roy Mark, siliconvalley.internet.com, September 15, 2003
"Amit Yoran, the founder of an Internet government security firm and a current vice president at Symantec, has been named by the Bush administration to head the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) cybersecurity division. In his new role, Yoran will be responsible for implementing the administration's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, a report issued by the White House in February that depends more on private industry cooperation than government mandates and regulations ... Yoran is the co-founder of Riptech, an Alexandria, Va.-based firm that focused on government cybersecurity. In July of last year, Symantec bought Riptech for $145 million and Yoran stayed on as vice president for managed security services. Before joining Riptech, Yoran was director of the vulnerability assessement program for the Defense Department's computer emergency response team."
THE INSIDE SCOOP OF THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN CYBERSPACE. Amit Yoran, The New Cybersecurity Tsar For Homeland Security - Who Is This Man Who Will Be Watching Everything We Do Online, And Can He Be Trusted?, by Samuel A. Stanson, The Moderate Independent, SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 - "When you first hear the name Amit Yoran as the person who has just been charged with overseeing cybersecurity - keeping an eye on everything that goes on online - for America's Department of Homeland Security, it sounds odd. One would not normally expect to here a foreign-sounding name for such an important national security position. Yoran has always been a bit of an oddball ... Born into a life of relative privilege, Amit was one of four sons of Israeli immigrants. As people from Israel like to say, you mature very quickly there, and paying attention to world affairs is not something that makes a kid a dork or egghead, it is simply a fact of existence there. And so Amit's focus at a young age on international affairs and embrace of the boldly pro-Israel foreign policy of the Reagan administration is easily understood. And, as someone descended from a nation whose existence is threatened on a daily basis, the importance these things played in even his early life begins to not seem so odd after all ... Riptech, the cybersecurity firm Amit started with his West Point brother Elad - thanks to his connections in government circles in part - took off like an Tomahawk missile, and after only 4 years of running the company, they were bought out by Symantec for $145 million."
[The Jewish Thought Police seeks to disband the innate democracy of ideas in the Internet to narrow search results to think "like they would."]
Wanted: a search engine that feels our pain. Industry seeks a savvy, more-human way to take Internet users where they're looking to go,
By STEPHANIE EARLS, Times Union, September 25, 2003
"The 1968 movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" introduced us to the HAL 9000, a self-actualized supercomputer that spoke in dulcet tones, empathizing with its beleaguered crew while piloting them through space (and, ultimately, plotting to kill them -- but that's another story) ... "We want it to be people, not just a machine," said Shelly Shapiro, director of the Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center in Latham. But a machine it was, in 1995, when Shapiro held a teacher's seminar in which she instructed her charges to type the word Holocaust into computer search engines. A top response that emerged on sites was a report by a notorious Holocaust revisionist, claiming the Holocaust never occurred. Sharpiro was horrified. "You could type in the word Auschwitz, and up came pages about there being a debate on whether or not it happened," she said. "Students don't want to go to the library anymore, they want to go to the computer and have it act like a librarian. But a librarian wouldn't put a book about white supremacy on the bookshelves, presenting it like it's an argument." Shapiro wanted the computer to think like she would. She was told -- by AltaVista, for one -- that responses were just math, but, she said, "we decided to find a way to help the search engines do their job." In the end, Shapiro found empathy at LookSmart, where Ontology Manager Alice Swanberg in February agreed to "properly categorize" the Holocaust denial sites ... In the meantime, honing our genuine intelligence (and computer literacy) may be the best way to get the Internet to respond in kind, said University at Albany network services librarian and Webmaster Laura Cohen. Learning to ask the right questions, when it comes to search engines, is a start. "Search tools have become very humanized in the past years."
[Sergey Brin, co-founder and head of Google, is Jewish.]
IndyMedia (from Google-Watch.org), October 13, 2003
"Take a look at this... 1. Google's immortal cookie: Google was the first search engine to use a cookie that expires in 2038. This was at a time when federal websites were prohibited from using persistent cookies altogether. Now it's years later, and immortal cookies are commonplace among search engines; Google set the standard because no one bothered to challenge them. This cookie places a unique ID number on your hard disk. Anytime you land on a Google page, you get a Google cookie if you don't already have one. If you have one, they read and record your unique ID number. 2. Google records everything they can: For all searches they record the cookie ID, your Internet IP address, the time and date, your search terms, and your browser configuration. Increasingly, Google is customizing results based on your IP number. This is referred to in the industry as "IP delivery based on geolocation." 3. Google retains all data indefinitely: Google has no data retention policies. There is evidence that they are able to easily access all the user information they collect and save. 4. Google won't say why they need this data: Inquiries to Google about their privacy policies are ignored. When the New York Times (2002-11-28) asked Sergey Brin about whether Google ever gets subpoenaed for this information, he had no comment."
Israel top base for Internet attacks,
Interest Alert! (from UPI), October 20, 2003
A survey by Symantec says Middle Eastern countries comprised six of the top 10 bases for Internet attacks, it was reported Monday. In the first half of 2003, the top offenders included Israel as well as Iran, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, WorldTribune.com said. Symantec ranked the threats according to the size of a country's Internet population base. Israel was cited as the biggest source of Web-based attacks with an Internet user base of more than 1 million, Middle East Newsline reported. About 80 percent of all attacks originated from systems located in 10 countries. "The Internet is a great leveler and the issue of Web security in the Middle East is no different from any other part of the world," Kevin Isaac, regional director at Symantec, said. "Wherever there is high bandwidth availability and a proliferation of the Internet, the chances of breaches taking place are high."
Israeli Computer Hackers Foiled, Exposed,
By Michael Gillespie, middleeast.org (For Washington Report on Middle East Affairs), September 3, 2003
"Israeli cyber warfare professionals targeted human rights and anti-war activists across the USA in late July and August temporarily disrupting communications, harassing hundreds of computer users, and annoying thousands more. The Israeli hackers targeted Stephen 'Sami' Mashney, an Anaheim, California, attorney active in the effort to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinians. 'People have found an alternate way to communicate through the Internet,' Mashney, a Palestinian-American, told the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, 'and this attack is backfiring on the hackers. Many people are being educated.' Mashney, who co-manages a popular pro-Palestinian e-mail list hosted by Yahoo! logged onto his Internet accounts on July 31 to find hundreds of e-mail messages from angry Americans. He quickly realized that hackers had appropriated or 'spoofed' his e-mail addresses and identity and sent out a message titled 'Down With America' in his name. The message named and included contact information for 16 well-known human rights activists and falsely claimed the activists wished to be contacted by anyone desiring advice or assistance in fomenting and carrying out anti-American, anti-Christian, or anti-Jewish activities. In an obvious attempt to damage Mashney's reputation, the hackers appended his name, law office telephone number, and website address to the spurious e-mail. As Mashney was looking up the telephone number of the local FBI office to report the hackers' crime, his phone rang. It was the FBI calling, from Washington, with questions about the forged e-mail message. Mashney later met with FBI agents in California. 'I answered all their relevant questions,' said Mashney, who notes that the hackers' attacks continued unabated for weeks and expanded to include other new and innovative methods of harassment that were used against many other activists associated with Free Palestine and other public and private e-mail lists. Dr. Francis A. Boyle, professor of International Law at the University of Illinois College of Law, is a human rights activist who served on the board of Amnesty International USA. A member of Free Palestine and other activist lists, Dr. Boyle was also targeted by Israeli hackers who sent counterfeit e-mails in his name. Again, the hackers' intention was to sow confusion, provoke animosity, damage a reputation, and restrict ability to communicate. When Boyle returned from a vacation in mid August, he found 55,000 e-mails waiting for him. Like Mashney, Boyle spent days sorting through the messages, writing personal apologies to those offended by the bogus e-mails, and deleting thousands of bounced messages. Unflappable, Boyle takes it all in stride. 'You can't keep the Irish down,' wrote Boyle in an e-mail message to this reporter. Israeli hackers also targeted Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, associate professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. The hackers forwarded to some 1,500 members of the Yale community e-mails that Qumsiyeh had sent to a private list of activists. Many of his university colleagues were annoyed, but Qumsiyeh, too, feels that the hackers are doing the Zionist cause more harm than good ... Darrell Yeaney, a Presbyterian campus minister who retired after serving at the University of Iowa, is active in Friends of Sabeel, an ecumenical Christian organization that supports the ministry of Sabeel, the center for Palestinian Ecumenical Liberation Theology. He and his wife, Sue, now serve as co-moderators for the Middle East Peacemaking Group in Iowa. The Yeaneys report that the hackers appropriated their address and sent out spurious e-mail in their names. Ames-based activist, author, and editor Betsy Mayfield, whose work has appeared in the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, was busy with plans for a mid-September Des Moines film festival, 'Boundaries: The Holy Land,' when the hackers turned their attentions to her computer. Several Ames women whose only association with the crisis in the Holy Land is their commitment to the Ames Interfaith Council (AIC) reported being shocked by the sudden appearance of pornographic e-mail and racist diatribes on their computer screens. Many Iowans were targeted for harassment by the hackers, and hundreds of others suffered varying degrees of inconvenience because they were somehow connected to the cause of peace and justice in the Middle East. Similar scenarios played out in other states across the USA. The scale of the Israeli cyber warfare campaign, the number of targets, and the variety of techniques used, coupled with specifically targeted intrusions calculated to provide additional target addresses for the application of the hackers' various forms of harassment, suggest a sophisticated, coordinated, government-sponsored program designed to impact directly upon the communications abilities of the human rights and pro-Palestinian anti-war activism communities in the USA. When the Israeli hackers 'spoofed' the AIC's e-mail address, they invited a response they did not expect. Because the AIC list was hosted by Iowa State University (ISU), because the world's first electronic digital computer was invented at ISU in a Physics Department laboratory in the early 1940s, and because he has represented the ISU Muslim Student's Association on the AIC cabinet, ISU Physics Department computer administrator Dr. Bassam Shehadeh decided to track the hackers down. 'The hackers access the internet via an ISP called on the West Bank,' said Shehadeh. When did not respond to his repeated e-mail enquiries, Shehadeh called the company, informed their representative that Palnet facilities were being used to interfere with communications at a state institution in the USA, and demanded an explanation. He provided information that enabled Palnet technicians to identify the phone number of the customer harassing Iowans. 'Everyone here is a victim but the hackers,' said Shehadeh. 'The hackers use stolen identification to get access to Palnet.' Shehadeh said the contact line the hackers used for at least one message to the AIC list address was an Israeli number in West Jerusalem or one of the surrounding settlements. A Palnet representative also told Shehadeh the hackers have used several lines and methods to access Palnet's facilities."
Palestine Activism Spammed,
by Abby Aguirre, The Nation, October 10, 2003
"Within days of the April incursion of the Israel Defense Forces into Jenin, pro-Palestine activist Thomas Olson received first a trickle, then thousands, of e-mails with menacing subject lines such as: "Mecca is for Muslims, Jerusalem is for Jews," "Die Hitler Scum" and "I take it in the ass from Arafat." What then became daily e-mail bombardments of pro-Israel diatribes, racist cartoons and pornography soon progressed into a much more sinister form of cyber-harassment: Olson became a victim of a type of identity-theft dubbed a "joe job" by experts, wherein someone using Olson's name and e-mail address sends out thousands of messages that grossly misrepresent his position with respect to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. One such "job" had Olson declaring "I love Hitler" to hundreds of his fellow activists. Welcome to the concerted (and ongoing) cyber-campaign to frustrate and intimidate US-based pro-Palestine activists who attempt to organize on the Internet. While spammings continue to crash servers and shut down inboxes, these joe jobs in particular have been smearing identities and wasting countless hours valuable to the activist community. University of Illinois law professor and pro-Palestine organizer Francis Boyle, for example, returned from a summer vacation to find 55,000 e-mails waiting in his inbox--most of them return-to-senders from a mass e-mail he supposedly wrote saying, "When I see in the newspapers that civilians in Afghanistan or the West Bank were killed by American or Israeli troops, I don't really care." Boyle--a former board member of Amnesty International USA and outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan--spent four days sorting through the e-mails, deleting failed deliveries and apologizing to angry colleagues. Similarly, Monica Tarazi, director of the New York chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), discovered that her e-mail account had shut down after someone using her address spammed some eighty Yahoo! groups. And Yale medical school professor Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh has on three separate occasions learned that e-mails he wrote to various activist lists were altered and forwarded to 1,500 members of the Yale community. Qumsiyeh has also been the victim of outright forgeries, many of which attempt to slander him by alleging that he is a Muslim advocating terrorist acts."
[The issue here: the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and even the Southern Poverty Law Center are in the literal business of prohibiting criticism of the Jewish community. What exactly is "hate?' In these censorial organization's grips, "hate" is virtually anything: whatever they say.]
Yahoo Asks Users to Help Delete Hate,
By Dana Williams, Tolerance.org (Southern Poverty Law Center), Nov. 10, 2003 "From sports to astronomy and religion to cooking, internet discussion groups are a simple way to connect those with kindred passions. At Yahoo, these groups are touted as a popular way for users to meet new friends or keep in touch with old ones, with hundreds and hundreds of active discussion communities listed on the site's group directory. But what happens when a group's common interest is hate? ... Human rights and anti-racist groups like the Simon Wiesenthal Center have criticized Yahoo and other internet portals for allowing members to host groups promoting racist and hateful activities and ideologies. In 2000, the Anti-Defamation League launched a campaign calling for the removal of dozens of racist and anti-Semitic clubs hosted by Yahoo, charging the company was violation of its own terms by allowing these groups to post hateful messages, chat and plan events. Yahoo removed dozens of racist groups following the ADL campaign and has continued to remove such sites periodically ... Roy says hate-monitoring organizations like the Intelligence Project regularly gather information from these discussion communities that helps identify users involved in other hate activities."
[Google was co-founded by Sergey Brin, (who is Jewish) in 1998 with Larry Page (Jewish?)]
Google Goes Yiddish,
By Steve Lipman, Jewish World Review, February 10, 2004
"How do you say "search engine" in Yiddish? If you're a traditionalist, you probably don't. "In the shtetl," where Eastern European Jews' language of preference developed, "there weren't such things," says Miriam Hoffman, professor of Yiddish and Yiddish literature at Columbia University. No computers, no Internet, no on-line features that perused databases. But we're not in the shtetl anymore, and Yiddish has taken another high-tech step on the information highway — Google, which bills itself as the most popular English-language search engine in the world, just introduced a Yiddish version, www.google.com/intl/yi, complete with Yiddish menus and messages. Users need, of course, the software for the Hebrew/Yiddish alphabet on their computers. For Hoffman, who says she is "not a computer person," that's no problem. "I do have the Yiddish lettering on my computer." "I think it's wonderful. Why shouldn't they have Yiddish?" says Hoffman, who writes plays in Yiddish and introduces the language to college students. "I'm surprised," she says, "that this wasn't done before." Google isn't saying why it added Yiddish to its roster of common and more-obscure language sites, which includes Afrikaans, Latvian and Punjabi. It didn't make a formal announcement, and a Google spokesman did not return a call for comment from this paper. Presumably, there is enough interest in cyberspace — with growing nostalgic interest in Yiddish, academic courses at prestigious universities, and an increase in its speakers in the Orthodox community — to warrant the step. In May, Google posted an announcement asking for volunteers to translate its home page, toolbar, wireless and other programs into Yiddish."
[The Internet has the potential to become a vast Jewish spy network. It may already be.]
Microsoft launches damage control after code leaks from Israeli source,
By Galit Yemini, Haaretz (Isrel), February 19, 2004
"The developments in the affair of the leaking of the source code for the Windows operating system continue to make headlines around the world. Tuesday evening, Microsoft officially confirmed that the leak came from a computer at the Israeli Mainsoft software company; but at this stage, the investigation is still underway and no further details are available. Microsoft is investigating the leak in coordination with the American Federal Bureau of Investigations, and when the probe is complete, Microsoft will publish its findings. Microsoft emphasized that the leak was not the result of a breach of Microsoft's network, nor was it caused by the open code programs under which Microsoft's code is given to big clients such as governments and strategic organizations. The code was given to Mainsoft just as it is given to other Microsoft business partners that are developing software based on Microsoft products. Just three days after the leak, hackers have already taken advantage of a security flaw discovered in parts of the code that was leaked to the Internet, and have created the first virus based on this flaw. The flaw is in the Explorer browser that is part of Windows. The storm broke a few days ago, when parts of the source code for Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system were leaked to the Internet. The source code exposes the innards of the operating system, revealing exactly how it works. Anyone who discovers the source code can do as he pleases with the operating system. Microsoft has been making its living for years from the sale of software licenses; its copyrights to the software are on that valuable source code - the core of the software. When Microsoft gives the code to business partners like Mainsoft or big clients like governments, the code is marked with a unique "fingerprint" for each client, so that if the code is accidentally leaked, the source of the leak will be discovered immediately. "Microsoft's greatest fear stemming from the leaking of the code is not a violation of its copyrights," explains Jimmy Schwarzkopf, research director of Meta-Group (Israel). "This is a problem that will eventually be solved in court, because they are protected from a copyright perspective. The problem is the protection against hackers. Microsoft will find it difficult to protect itself. If the code gets into the hands of hackers, their ability to create viruses will be infinite. That is something that will be very hard for Microsoft to combat." According to the various reports, the Mainsoft computer from which the code was leaked is the computer used by Eyal Alalouf, Mainsoft's director of technology, who has so far maintained media silence and is refusing to respond. Mainsoft is an Israeli start-up that develops software for converting Microsoft applications to run on the Unix operating system. Mainsoft has already been responsible for one small scandal, when it was reported in 2000 that the company was developing software for converting Microsoft applications to run on the Linux open code operating system - a code that Microsoft refuses to support to this day, and which is considered the natural outgrowth of the Unix closed code. Mainsoft, whose headquarters are in San Jose, New Mexico, and whose R&D center is in Israel, has been a partner of Microsoft's since 1994. Mainsoft has disclosed only that it will cooperate fully with Microsoft and the authorities in investigating the leak. Microsoft and FBI investigators are due to arrive in Israel over the next few days to continue the investigation. "This story is causing tremendous harm to the Israeli high-tech industry," says Schwarzkopf. "If it turns out that the Israelis are responsible for the leaking of the code, and that it was done maliciously and not by accident, it will burn a great many Israelis in the industry. Israelis have a reputation around the world for cutting corners anyway, and Israelis are working very hard to change this negative image. If the investigations prove that the suspicions were correct, it will not be good for us."
Mainsoft [See above article] executive officers,
President and CEO: Yaacov Cohen
Vice President, Products: Philippe Cohen
Vice President, Technology: Eyal Alaluf
[Increasing Jewish world censorial hegemony. The Jewish Lobby intimidation factor censors more public discourse:]
CBC WEB SITE BARS USE OF WORD 'JEWISH',
by Brian Hutchinson, National Post (Canada), March 10, 2004
"Internet users who post messages on a CBC Web site have launched complaints that the Crown corporation routinely removes the words "Jew," "Jewish" and Israel from network chat rooms devoted to online discussion of news events. Meanwhile, vulgar expletives frequently appear on the same CBC discussion Web site. So do the words "Nazi" and "rabid Zionist." Even the incendiary phrase "red-neck greedy selfish Albertocentric money grubbing pig" passes muster with CBC censors, who use special software to seek and destroy postings containing words they have deemed "inappropriate." People wishing to discuss Israel and issues that relate to the Jewish culture must disguise their messages, complains Roy Wilson, a Peterborough-based realtor who regularly visits the CBC's message boards. "It's disgraceful," Mr. Wilson said. "If I want to initiate a serious dialogue about Israel, I have to modify the word. I have to type in "Isr*el or some such nonsense. If I don't change the word, my message won't go through. It is immediately filtered and it vanishes." The word "Palestinian" is also auto-filtered from the CBC's message boards, but the words "Arab" and "Muslim" are not. "Christian" is not filtered. Neither are the words "Buddhist" and "Hindu." No one at the CBC was available yesterday to explain. The person responsible for monitoring the CBC's message boards did not reply to e-mail queries. Those complaining about the censorship say their concerns have been ignored. A New York-based attorney who posts frequently said that the CBC began filtering the words "Jew," "Jewish" and "Israel" last year, after one of its message boards, devoted to Middle East issues, was deluged with anti-Semitic and anti-Palestinian comments. But such postings have not ceased entirely. "I've been called a "rabid Zionist," said the attorney, who posts under the handle JBG. "But if I decide to respond, even in the nicest, most polite way, I can't use the word "Jew." And I am a Jew. I have to make up a word instead. It's absurd." To prove his point, JBG attempted yesterday to post the following message on a CBC message board: "As the Jewish festival of Purim closes, I believe it is essential for the world to understand what it means. It is a joyous holiday, celebrating the triumph of the Judeans over Haman, an evil dictator. Israel has on numerous occasions supplied the world with what should be occasions for rejoicing. It has triumphed over tyrants such as Hafez Assad of Syria and Idi Amin of Uganda. Those triumphs, rather than being celebrated, are roundly condemned." The message did not make it past the CBC's auto-filtering system. JBG then substituted "Juwish" for "Jewish," and "Isr@el" for Israel. His post was accepted immediately. According to the CBC's own guidelines, posters may not launch personal attacks against others; ethnic and racial slurs are expressly forbidden. "Posts containing inappropriate words will be caught in an automatic word filter for screening," the guidelines note. But even a cursory search of the CBC's message boards turns up dozens of violations. Some offending posts have sat on the CBC's Web site for months. For example, the word "frog" is frequently used on CBC message boards to describe French-Canadians. In December, a poster using the handle of QCLIBRE wrote that "Canadian will not paid [sic] for bilingualist and Quebec French frogs again." The word "dyke" is regularly used on the CBC forum to dismiss certain prominent Canadian women, among them a senior CBC television personality. The racial slur "Chinaman" has also been successfully posted. "What do you get when you cross a Chinaman with a Rabbi?" one frequent contributor joked last May. His post is still contained in the CBC message board files. Anti-Americanism is common. Masturbation comes up now and then. The full range of curse words appear, from "prick" to much worse. Almost anything goes, said Mr. Wilson. "Someone can log on to a CBC board and accuse me of being a child molestor, which has actually happened, and that will get posted," noted Mr. Wilson. "And unless I launch a complaint, it will stay posted." No one will explain why the CBC tends to filter words related to Israel and Judaism have gone ignored, the Web site posters say."
Beware of Zionist controlled PayPal,
La Voz Aztlan, March 13, 2004
"Dear Readers and Subscribers: This morning I had a telephone conversation with a representative of PayPal concerning the sudden closure of La Voz de Aztlan's account that we were using to receive credit card donations. The young lady at PayPal said that the account was closed because our news and information service is antisemitic. We had been warned by hateful Zionists that they would do everything possible to shut our website down. Our readership is well aware of the constant harassment and attempts by Zionists as well as by Zionist organizations such as the ADL of B'nai B'rith and the Los Angeles based Wiesenthal Center to permanently silence us. These Zionists have sent us a constant barrage of threats through e-mail, U.S. mail and by telephone. They have created serious trouble for us with our Internet Service Providers and with companies we contract with to host our website. Recently, they also sabotaged Verizon Telephone Company equipment that resulted in knocking us offline for days. This time the Zionist have issued orders to PayPal to close our account resulting in our loss of a significant source of funds we utilize to remain online. La Voz de Aztlan must be quite a threat to the Zionists for them to go to such extents to destroy us. We are deeply sympathetic of Mr. Mel Gibson for the immense tribulations he went through due to his film "The Passion of the Christ". The same Zionists that went after Gibson and his father are the same ones that are going after La Voz de Aztlan. Shame on PayPal for bowing down to these sinister characters."
[The Internet is the last bastion of democracy and free speech at any meaningful level. The Jewish Lobby has created "filters" to censor the Web, but it knows it must devise a broader way (legislation, etc.) to censor it ALL, lest people read material beyond their censorial control. Below, Jews want the system to bend to their censorial interests, as always. ]
Jewish Groups Concerned Over Google Results,
"Searching the term “Jew” on Google has brought up some disturbing lead results. The number one listing is the anti-Semitic site, JewWatch.com. This news comes as a surprise to David Krane, director of corporate communications at Google. But, the search engine has no plans to manually change the listing. Krane stated in an article on TheJewishJournal.com that, “Google merely reflects what is on the Web and does its best to algorithmically rank pages. Unless [a Web page] violates a country or local law, we don’t make any tweaks.” When asked how the hate site can garner the number one position, Krane pointed to Google’s ranking algorithm that bases rankings on site relevancy, which is determined by the number of forwarding links to the site. While the ranking for the word “Jew” will not be manually changed, Krane stated that he would alert Google’s engineers to further refine the search algorithm, which might alter the results for the word."
Venture capital invests in Israeli techs. Recovering from recession, country ranks behind only Boston, Silicon Valley in attracting cash for startups,
by Matthew Kalman, San Francisco Chronicle, April 2, 2004
"Israel's technology industry is doing better than you might think. Just days after the Bank of Israel declared that the country's recession had technically ended, a group of leading California venture capitalists predicted the renaissance of Silicon Wadi, Israel's impressive high-tech sector. "It's starting to happen in Israel again," said Harry Kellogg, vice chairman of Silicon Valley Bank and president of its merchant banking operation, which has invested in eight Israeli funds so far. "Last year, about $1.1 billion was invested in Israel, ranking it No. 3 in the world after Silicon Valley and Boston," said Kellogg, who visited Israel last month along with 40 other major California investors. "More money is coming into startups here than is going into Shanghai or India. It's one of the key markets in the world as far as Silicon Valley Bank is concerned," he said. Despite the optimism of venture capitalists and government banks, there's no denying Israel remains mired in political strife that makes it difficult for the long-standing technology industry to stay strong and grow. Just the same, Israel's tech sector, nurtured from academic and military roots, is showing that it's up to the task, thanks in large part to money coming from U. S. venture capitalists ... Already, Israel has more companies traded on the Nasdaq than any other country outside North America. Moreover, annual foreign investment in Israeli startups has consistently outstripped any European country, according to the Israel Venture Capital Association, even though Israel has a population of only 6 million. Sequoia Capital, one of the first Silicon Valley venture capital firms, has only one office outside the United States -- in Israel. Benchmark Capital's two foreign bases are London and Tel Aviv. Siemens venture capital has said it will open an Israel office -- its only branch outside Europe and the United States. Israeli companies excel in security technologies, semiconductors and communications. Israeli tech firms include Checkpoint, a leading firewall firm; Amdocs, which makes billing systems for telecoms; Comverse, a big voice-mail company; and Mercury Software, which measures software performance. Last month, investors at VentureWire Network Outlook 2004, an annual trade conference of the U.S. venture capital industry, voted three non-U.S. companies among the 10 startups most likely to succeed. All three were Israeli: Actelis Networks, BitBand and P-Cube. Among the recent deals was an investment of $20 million by Grove Street Advisors in Pitango Venture Capital on behalf of the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Grove Street Advisors manages $2.8 billion invested by CalPERS in 80 venture capital funds. Of that total, $25 million already is invested in six Israeli funds: Pitango, Gemini Israel Funds, Israel Seed Partners, Jerusalem Venture Partners, Apax Partners and Carmel Ventures. Last week, the Israeli retail comparison site Shopping.com announced plans to file for the first Nasdaq IPO by an Israeli company in two years. Grove Street Advisors founder and managing partner Clinton Harris said he has been investing in Israel since 1991 and has returned because now is "a good time to invest." "We have $500 million earmarked for startups and set aside 5 to 10 percent of that amount for Israel," said Harris. "Apart from Israel, we have almost nothing invested outside the U.S." ... U.S. investors say Israel offers a unique mix of entrepreneurial and technological skill, backed by a discipline and frugality that they ascribe to the influence of the army. "They don't need as much money to get things off the ground here in Israel as they do in the U.S.," said Kellogg of Silicon Valley Bank. "Fear of failure is not an issue here like it is in other parts of the world. If you fail, it's not a bad thing like it is certainly in Europe and in Asia." Isaac Applebaum of Lightspeed Venture Partners said he has invested in six Israeli companies and is beginning to see the emergence of serial entrepreneurs. "It's the only place like it," said Applebaum. "I think it's going to get a lot better because there's a lot of new money coming in. These guys work day and they work night, and they deliver."
[So let's see. Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, is Jewish. As is Google corporate spokesman, David Krane. The other Google co-founder, Alan Page, may be Jewish too.]
Anti-Semitic site riles Jews during Passover holiday,
BY DAVE MUNDAY, Charleston Post and Courier (North Carolina), April 6, 2004
"A few hours before Passover, Jerri Chaplin of Charleston was shocked to learn that people looking on the Internet for information about Jews are likely to end up at a Web site denying the Holocaust and portraying Jews as a threat to the American way of life. Google is the world's most popular Internet search engine. Type in the word "Jew," hit Web search, and the resultant list is topped by a site called Jew Watch. Jew Watch promotes the belief that Jews control American newspapers, the movie industry, the banking system and the military for their own interests. "I was shocked," said Chaplin, a Jewish poet. "When I actually saw it (the Web site), it was pretty scary stuff." Site operator Frank Weltner, a retired librarian who lives in St. Louis, defended the site Monday in a telephone interview. "They (Jews) own the media; they own the banks," Weltner said. "This is a democracy, and in a democracy, minorities should not rule. But Jews don't feel that way; they feel that they should rule this country, and I object to that. I want my country back." That's a sample of the tone of the site, and it's causing Jews to wonder why Google features it so prominently. Chaplin heard about it from an e-mail that's apparently circulating around the world. The controversy was featured a couple of days ago in The Jerusalem Post. Google's operators have said they are in no way against Jews but can't remove Jew Watch from its search engine. "The way that Google decides to rank and order Web pages is done completely automatically, using (computer) software," corporate spokesman David Krane said Monday. "This ranking criterion is essentially representative of popular opinion on the Internet." Even when people don't like the results, Google operators never interfere with the computer program, said Krane, who identified himself as a Jew who will be observing Passover."That's the promise that Google has made to its users for more than six years," Krane said. "We guarantee an objective, tamper-free search experience." The search program analyzes 4 billion Web pages and sorts more than 100 factors to decide how to rank them, Krane said. A big factor is how many high-volume Web pages have links to the site. Also, the fact that the Web site happens to contain the word "Jew" tilts the computer program in its favor. For instance, Jew Watch doesn't even come up as an option when somebody types in "Jews" or "Jewish" or "Judaism." Jew Watch was still No. 1 on Google when Jew was the search word Monday evening. It came up No. 18 on Yahoo, the second most popular search engine. A number of Jews are trying another strategy to knock Jew Watch from the top of the list. They're putting links to the online dictionary Wikipedia's reference to "Jew" on their Web sites and encouraging people to click away. "I decided to issue a call to arms on my Web site," Daniel Sieradski, who runs a brassy, youth-oriented site called Jewschool, told the Jerusalem newspaper. The Wikipedia entry had risen from not even listed to No. 3 by Monday evening. Jew Watch's archives include the allegation that Jews are living out "The Protocols of The Elders of Zion," an anti-semitic document Jewish scholars label a forgery. Local Jewish scholars were not available to comment Monday because of Passover preparations." [Note: as of April 14, it looks like Jewish swarming has succeeded. Wikipedia's "Jew" comes up first in Google. But so what? Now Jew Watch is second on the list. Big deal. The amount of advertising Jew Watch has been afforded is incredible. Quite like the way The Passion of the Christ was shot to fame and attention by the Jewish Lobby. Even The Times of India has a story on Jewish effortst to ban Jew Watch, for God's sake! Jewish swarming can be absurdly counter-productive to their censorial interests.]
[More Judeocentric Internet meddling. Better than a lobotomy. Channeling what you think into proper forms, especially per "hating" Jewish racism and brutal Israel.]
Trend Watching, Incorporated. Trendum's analytical technology determines public opinion by tracking Internet chatter on everything from market trends to anti-Semitism. It even knew why Britney Spears decided to lower her profile. Here's why Time Warner, Estee Lauder, CNN, HBO -- and the UN -- are asking for its help,
Jewsweek, September 7, 2004
"Want to keep on top of the trends and fads, instead of reading about them in Entertainment Weekly and People weeks later? An Israeli startup called Trendum has developed an analytical tool that monitors information flow on the Internet to determine market trends and popularity, and how people on the Internet are thinking about everything -- from pop stars to politics to ideology. Trendum was founded four years ago with the general idea to develop tools based on advanced technology that could provide information by analyzing discussion groups, forums, communities, chat rooms, blogs, and online responses. Specializing in online media analysis, Trendum's proprietary Media Mining solutions have created a new way of listening, understanding and reacting to consumers' opinions and the media. Trendum delivers actionable marketing insights from what millions of consumers and journalists are saying. Trendum online "We realized that millions of people talk about products, brands, programs and stars, constituting a huge source group that no one knew how to mine for information," said Ori Levy, who founded the company with his father -- Gallup Israel founder Jacob Levy ... According to Levy, Trendum examines millions of opinions on specific Web sites, and look for content clusters, which they then analyze. He said that despite forum users often not being open about their identity, Trendum can still determine the makeup of the user. "Our tool can understand different users in-depth, because the technology engine also examines the speaker's style, and not just the words and conjugation. We can figure out if it's a man or a woman, and the person's age group. The engine recognizes style and expressions characteristic of age groups. Furthermore, the communities' members don't answer every question put to them. Each community has its own language, and they very quickly identify intruders," he said ... Trendum's software has another application: the Global Hatred Index, Jacob Levy's pride and joy. He has already presented the index at a U.N. conference on dismantling sources of intolerance. "We examined two million messages, which the hatred index analyzed. We tried to decode the components of anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic hatred in the U.S.," said Jacob Levy. "Not only could we examine the power of hatred, we could provide insights into people's opinions. The hatred index showed us that much of the antipathy toward the U.S. was due to President George W. Bush, as well as the Iraq War. The index can help design programs for changing public perceptions." Globes reported that the U.N. has already notified Trendum that it is ready to hire its services.
[Experts at monitoring and regimenting citizens and herding Arabs, an Israeli-based company gets the new contract for American "know everything about you" passports.]
SuperCom Wins Tender For The Integration Of The United States Smart Passport,
Yahoo, October 11, 2004
"NEW YORK, and RA'ANANA, Israel ---- SuperCom, Ltd. a leading smart card and eID technology integrator and solutions provider serving governmental and commercial markets, announced today that the United States Government Printing Office (GPO) has informed that the Company's proposal as a prime contractor for the integration of smart card technology in the US new electronic passports has been accepted for award. In addition, SuperCom's proposal as a sub-contractor with a leading American system integrator corporation has also been accepted for award in this project. This project is considered to be the largest and most advanced smart passport project in the world to date. The US authorities have announced multiple awards for the implementation of the project that will include the production of smart inlay for the new passports with a sophisticated chip containing personal identification such as biometric data. This type of passport will be difficult to forge and will replace the traditional passport that contained a printed personal photograph and was considered to be easy to falsify. The scope of the project based on the RFP is estimated at 50 million passports over the following five years. In this project, SuperCom will supply the smart card technology that it has developed over the recent years including the smart chip with an operating system and antenna that is embedded in the passport ... SuperCom, Ltd. is engaged in research, development and marketing of advanced technologies and products for smart-card solutions and government e-ID projects. SuperCom offers a wide range of standard and customized smart card-based solutions for physical and logical security, education, corrections facilities and air & seaports. SuperCom is also a leader in the manufacturing of secure and durable documents such as national identity cards, passports, visas, drivers' licenses and vehicle registration. Together with its subsidiaries, SuperCom offers advanced, innovative and flexible solutions in contact and contactless smart-card technologies. Headquartered in Israel, SuperCom has subsidiaries in the US and Hong Kong."
Yoran abruptly resigns as U.S. cybesecurity czar,
Search Security, October 1, 2004,
"The nation's cybersecurity chief quit Friday, a week after House Republicans backed off from moving cybersecurity functions from the Department of Homeland Security to the White House budget office. Amit Yoran resigned Thursday, giving one day's notice, according to the Associated Press. Yoran said Friday he left to pursue other opportunities. But, the AP reported, he'd confided to colleagues in the tech industry he was frustrated by the lack of attention the DHS had given cybersecurity issues ... Yoran held the top national cybersecurity job for a year and previously served as a Symantec Corp. software executive after selling his company, Riptech, to Symantec for $145 million in July 2002. Within the DHS, Yoran's division included 60 employees and an $80 million budget to carry out recommendations within the president's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Lobbyists for the tech industry had tried unsuccessfully to elevate Yoran's position and standing within the DHS in the hopes of garnering more resources and visibility. "
[Who better to protect the State of Liberty than those who really own own it and have redefined its meaning? Who better to monitor visitors to the American icon of "liberty?" Who leads in the world hi-tech business of spying on people? The symbology of this -- an Israeli "security" company monitoring visitors at the State of Liberty -- is poignant. America and its raped principles of free speech and liberty have become a censored appendage of world Zionism and the Jewish state.]
Nice Systems provides security at Statue of Liberty,
by Avi Krawitz, THE JERUSALEM POST, Sep. 28, 2004 "Nice Systems is helping to secure the newly reopened Statue of Liberty complex using its smart video solutions, the Ra'anana [Israel] based company said Tuesday. The company has been working with the United States Park Police in charge of protecting the statue, and installed its solutions in the complex in time for its opening on August 3, 2004. The company would not disclose the value of the contract. The Nice solution uses IT-grade video networking and management and delivers images and advanced analytic applications to the park police to help protect the 117-year-old national monument. The Statue was closed to tourists after the events of September 11, 2001 and was reopened amidst warnings of further terror attacks on strategic buildings and monuments in New York and Washington DC. It was opened with tightened security measures in place including a new bomb-detection device that blows a blast of air into clothing and then checks for particles of explosive residue. Nice provides solutions and consulting services to more than 15,000 customers in over 100 countries, enabling them to extract value from multimedia interactions."
More censorial Jewish fascism. What's a "terrorist?" In many Jewish minds, probably an "anti-Semite."]
Shutting Down Cyber-Terror,
by Rachel Ehrenfeld, Front Page magazine, October 21, 2004
"In the War on Terrorism, the terrorists may have an unusual ally: American internet service providers (ISPs). U.S.-based ISPs provide web-hosting for terrorists ranging from Hamas and Hizbullah to Palestinian Jihad. This cyber-fifth column is illegal, can be prosecuted, and must be shut down if we hope to stop Islamic fundamentalists from winning the hearts and minds of a generation of their young.The swift action taken last month by the Colorado-based ISP Level3 and the Virginia-based ISP Network Solution prove that this can be done. After being alerted, both ISP’s tracked and shut down Hamas and Hizbollah websites. Governments can take action, too. Last week, the British government, responding to the U.S. request under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the two countries, ordered the closure of 20 media websites in 17 countries that advocated terrorism.
U.S. government efforts to punish those who provide terrorists with “expert advice or assistance” for operating websites was denounced by Arsalan Iftikhar, the legal director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), as “open[ing] the floodgates to really marginalizing a lot of the free speech that has been a hallmark of the American legal and political system.” Yet, our war against the plague of Islamist fundamentalism is unlikely to succeed as long as its most virulent organs of communication are allowed to operate freely on the internet and on TV, inciting violence for jihad. Currently, anyone can purchase web-hosting services without providing any real personal information aside from a valid credit card number ... In response to reports that Network Solutions is providing services to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (palestineway.com), a current customer wrote to the company to complain. A company representative responded, “Network Solutions has no responsibility or duty to police the rights of trademark owners concerning domain names.” This response sidesteps the issue, which is that an American company is providing services to a designated terrorist organization (or individual). The Network Solutions representative added that “If the domain owner in question is conducting criminal activity we would ask you to defer to either the police or the proper authorities” – a strange comment, considering the fact that the company is the one conducting activity in violation of U.S. laws and regulations that prohibit any support to terrorists, including selling services to, and receiving money directly or indirectly from designated terrorists, or their representatives. ... In addition to the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties, Congress should also ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on Cyber Crime. Clearly, no convention will not stop states that support terrorism from facilitating terrorists websites and television broadcasting, but limiting their operations and making it more difficult for them, would make a difference. Allowing these websites and TV broadcasts to operate, allegedly to be monitored by the intelligence community, allows the Islamists’ hate propaganda to continue poison the minds of millions worldwide, while the terrorists go on killing."
Zionist Hackers Strike Indymedia Sites,
Chron Watch, October 25, 2004
"Zionist Hackers attacking the viciously anti-Semitic ''Indeymedia'' sites? Visitors to http://newjersey.indymedia.org/ are being redirected to http://www.georgebush.com As of 1:00 a.m. EST, October 24, visitors to DC IMC are being greeted with an audio message stating that ''Indymedia hates Jews.'' http://dc.indymedia.org The Zionist Jewish Group claiming responsibility for the hacking is http://forum.protestwarrior.com/viewtopic.php Throughout, Saturday, October 23, visitors to NYC IMC were being routed to right wing sites including http://www.georgebush.com/. Currently, NYC IMC is back on line. There is a post to the open Newswire on the subject http://nyc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/128095/index.php
[JTR contributor's note: You may find this interesting. I recall reading an article that the founders of Intel and AMD had a blood feud. The article hinted the feud had anti-semitic overtones."]
No AMDs allowed in Holy Land. Athlon 64s hard to sauce,
By Wil Harris, The Inquirer, November 1, 2004
"Seasoned INQ readers will know that Intel - and the INQUIRER for that matter - have a very strong presence in Israel. Intel's Centrino chip design team is based in that very land, and the very first design centre outside of the US was set up in Haifa in 1974. Despite the history, Israeli system builders and consumers are clamouring for Athlon 64 CPUs - not unreasonably, we might add - but trying to get hold of one appears to be harder than finding a man with dry eyes at a bris. A source of ours over in that land tells us the story of the only official AMD importer in Israel, Aztek, which decided to stop importing AMD's chips. AMD switched its official business over to the mighty distributor Tech Data, but it is only carrying Semprons and Athlon XPs. The company line, according to our source, is that it doesn't have the special import clearance from US authorities to bring Athlon 64 chips into the country. Israeli hardware websites appear to have a dearth of samples [No different from over here then, Ed.] and the only A64s that find themselves in the market are grey imports. We contacted AMD about this story for verification but everyone was unavailable for comment and huddled in a meeting. Our INQ Israel correspondent, Paul Hales, tells us that when he was over there last visiting his wife in Jerusalem, he had to build a Prescott based system because of the lack of available components."
[Another Jewish Internet Sleazeball Department. This article is a few months old. But the next time your computer freezes up with spyware/adware garbage, and it's impossible to get rid of, tip your hat to the likes of WhenU.com CEO Avi Naider.]
High-tech Issue: Rooting Out The Spy In Your Computer,
by John Schwartz and Saul Hansell, The Financial Express, April 27, 2004
"People came from all over to attend a recent Federal Trade Commission workshop in Washington on spyware, one more plague of the digital age. They all agreed on one thing: They could not define spyware. "Spyware is in the eye of the beholder,” said Ari Schwartz, associate director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a policy research group in Washington. In general, spyware - called adware by its proponents - is software that shows up on a computer unannounced, often because the owner has signed up for a free service like a file-sharing network or has agreed to receive messages in return for gaining access to a Web site. The software usually delivers pop-up ads, but sometimes performs other actions without the owner understanding what is going on or how to stop it. The controversy involves more than consumer inconvenience, technology companies say. Such software is now the No 1 reason that consumers call Dell for technical support, Maureen Cushman, legal counsel to Dell’s consumer division, told a meeting of the trade commission. “It damages the Dell brand,” she said. The activities of spyware programs can be relatively benign, obnoxious or even blatantly illegal. Computer users may be driven to distraction by pop-up ads, some pornographic, or find that their PCs become sluggish, laboring under the computing burden of the unwanted programs. Some programs monitor Internet use or even record keystrokes, such as password entries. Given its range of activities, fighting spyware is a minefield for lawmakers and regulators, but that did not stop one state, Utah, from stepping in. On March 23, Governor Olene S Walker signed the nation’s first anti-spyware law, which prohibits software that is installed without the user’s consent and programs that send personal information. The anti-spyware efforts, like the recent federal move to regulate spam, are following what has become an increasingly familiar pattern in online technology. In the first phase, after a honeymoon period of increasing popularity, unpleasant practices emerge: Once a broad swath of the public had been introduced to the wonders of the Internet, it found itself bombarded with spam, advertising pop-ups and full-blown spyware. In the second phase, consumers howl and politicians get concerned, but the affected industries urge caution, arguing that regulation will stifle innovation and hurt legitimate business. Eventually, phase three arrives: States begin to enact laws against the offending practice. Faced with the prospect of a patchwork of possibly conflicting legislation, the industry asks Congress for a uniform, but often less stringent, federal law. Three other states - California, Iowa and Virginia - are considering legislation aimed at spyware, so it is no surprise that federal legislation has been introduced ... Online companies greeted Utah’s move with apprehension ... The new law was immediately challenged by WhenU.com, a company based in New York that puts Internet advertising software on people’s machines. “If the statute goes into effect it’s going to outlaw what WhenU does,” said Jeffrey D Neuburger, a lawyer in New York who deals with high-technology issues but does not represent anybody involved in the case. Neuburger said that he was no fan of the practices of WhenU and its chief competitor, the Claria Corp., once known as Gator. But he argued that the Utah law was drafted too broadly and would lead to “frivolous litigation” by companies that say they have been victimized by adware. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Stephen H Urquhart, said that the law focused on giving computer owners notice of what was being done to their machines and the opportunity to refuse the software or remove it easily. “I’m convinced over 75 per cent of the people who have this on their computers have no idea it’s there,” he said ... The chief executive of WhenU, Avi Z. Naider, said that the issue should be resolved in Congress, not on a state-by-state basis. He also said that any law should focus on stopping “rogue behavior,” not outlawing technologies like his company’s software-based advertising. He said that WhenU’s software had been installed on 100 million machines, and was no longer active on 80 million, indicating it was easy to remove. Naider’s argument is not convincing to Zeidner. “His business model, and Gator’s business model,” Zeidner said, “is to put this on computers faster than the public is being educated and removing it from their computers.”