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Israel's Looking for a Few Good Cybermen
- Subject: Israel's Looking for a Few Good Cybermen
- From: rossana <rossana at comodinoposta.org>
- Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 08:21:58 +0100
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Questo articolo "Israel's Looking for a Few Good Cybermen" lo si trova
su più siti, ne ho scelti due.
Dà la possibilità di capire come la guerra sia un "affare", attenzione
non ho scritto business, ma un affare che può riguardare tutti. Non solo
gli eserciti presenti nel campo di battaglia.
In fondo all'articolo vi è una nota che richiede attenzione circa l'uso
del software perchè ci sono dei rischi che non tutti possono conoscere.
Cosa si deve intendere per guerra oggi?
I palestinesi sono stati descritti come topi in gabbia. Altri si sentono
"liberi" di intervenire schierandosi nascondendosi.
A fairly active cyber militia within Israel wants you! These cyber
activists (Help Israel Win) are actively recruiting pro-Israeli computer
users to aide in their cyber attacks against Hamas websites. These
efforts appear to date back to the very early days of the latest
conflict in Gaza. The militia developed and is distributing a cyber
weapon called "Patriot" that once installed turns the volunteer computer
to be remotely controlled and used in a Distributed Denial of Service
(DDoS) attack against targeted Hamas websites.
As of late last week, the cyber militia said there were about 8,000
downloads of the cyber weapon. This is not just a hack package. The
software includes the ability to remotely update the cyber weapon as
well as an uninstaller that will remove the program once the conflict
This is just one aspect of the growing cyber war. The DDoS coupled with
a significant propaganda (PSYOPS) offensive has continued to intensify
in the Israel/Gaza conflict. PSYOPS is commonly used to induce and/or
reinforce attitudes and behaviors favorable to the desired objectives of
those launching the psychological operations. There have been reports
that the Israeli military is also using the good old phone system in
their PSYOPS initiatives. There have been multiple reports that
Palestinians have been receiving phone calls from the Israeli army
warning them against dealing with or assisting Hamas. Numerous reports
of web site defacement have echoed throughout the online world for weeks
now. In fact, the Israeli military launched its own PSYOPS and became
the first national army to set up an official YouTube channel featuring
its own military videos.
This is just the latest indicator of the new hybrid conflict engagement
that combines bombs and bullets with bits and bytes. One thing is sure;
the cyber war is heating up with multiple other countries getting involved.
A cautionary note. Can someone else use the installed Patriot program?
Yes - potentially. That being said, millions of computers have the same
issue that are part of BotNets and the owners are totally unaware of
that fact. Anyone who grants any type of remote access for maintenance,
this type of activism or who knows what are placing themselves at risk.