Israeli Cyber Defense Interview

Cyber defense war room [llustrative] Photo: Reuters and Marc Israel Sellem
IDF war room [llustrative] Photo: Reuters and Marc Israel Sellem

Not sure if anyone has seen this yet, but Al-Monitor/Israel Pulse has a great interview with two members of the Israeli Defense Force Cyber Security Team.

In the article, “IDF Hackers Test Israeli Preparedness For Cyberattacks” Lt. Col M. and Capt. A. discuss what it is like being on Israel’s crack team of cyber ninjas. They cover several key topics including thoughts on current threats and the current hot button topic, NSA spying.

Lt. Col M. and Capt. A. lead opposing teams in red team drills. They practice constantly to hone and perfect their skills, but also teach and train those under them to think out of the box in cyber security.

How will the IDF cyber team deal with increasingly sophisticated attacks from Islamic countries and are they concerned about NSA espionage practices?

Our job is to monitor the goings-on and keep track of the technological developments, and we need to know what the threats and risks in cyberspace are. In any event, to protect strategic assets, encryption systems that we develop ourselves in-house, rather than off-the-shelf products, are customarily used,” said Lt. Col M.

The best hackers and security teams create their own programs and work on developing their own exploits. But where would the IDF look to find exploits or weaknesses?

Security holes can be found anywhere. The point of hacking is to find the system vulnerability and leverage it to undermine the entire system,” says Lt. Col. M.

The best way to break into a system is not by running head-on into it. Rather, the most sophisticated attacks, the ones that you can brag about, are those that take advantage of a hidden security hole,” added Capt. A.

It is a very good article and well worth the read as it offers a glance into the security mindset of our Middle East allies.

Check it out!

Google, like Anonymous, Joins Fight against Israel

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Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Since its inception again as a nation, Israel has been in a battle to have the right to do just one thing, exist. In this battle for legitimacy as a nation it has faced invasions from Muslim countries and constant rocket attacks by militant Islamic groups. Now it would seem that search engine giant Google has entered the fight against Israel.

Since Israel’s re-creation in 1948, they have been in a constant battle to simply survive. Not only have they faced unending physical threats, but waves of online attacks too. Militant groups have joined in with Hacktivists groups like Anonymous to put constant pressure on Israel’s online presence. Last month Israeli systems were hammered in a co-ordinated denial of service attack called #OpIsrael.

Many of these groups believe that they are helping the Islamic Palestinian people gain their freedom to form a state called “Palestine”. They believe (falsely) that creating a “Two State Solution” will bring peace to the Middle East and protect the Palestinians from “Israeli aggression”.

FOLLOW THE LEADER

Just this week, Google jumped into the political arena on the Palestinian’s side by changing their “Google Palestinian Territories” site to simply say Google Palestine. A small name change, that has very large political repercussions.

In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, Icann [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organisations,” Google Spokesman Nathan Tyler, told the BBC.

Well beyond just “following the lead of the UN“, the move was a direct blow to Israel and it’s right to exist peacefully. Google also decided to side against their home nation as the UN recognizes Palestine as a state, but the US does not.

As you will see recognizing Palestine as a state, and the whole creation of a “Two State Solution” will not bring peace to the Middle East.

As it has been done before, and it failed…

THE BRITISH MANDATE

After WWI it was agreed that the British Mandate Palestine, land that Britain took control of from turkey, would be divided into two countries. At first Israel was to be given the entire land (reminiscent of the land promised to Israel by God in Genesis 15:18-21) but after strong Islamic objection, it was agreed between Islamic authorities and Britain that a two state solution would bring peace to the Middle East.

Jewish Palestinians would be given a small section of land (which would be eventually be called Israel) and the Muslim Palestinians were given a very large section of land called Trans-Jordan.

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ISLAMIC NAZI SS TROOPS

Not all of the Muslim leaders fell in line with this decision. Radical Islamic leaders believed that Israel should not exist and began resisting the change. By the time WWII came around some of these leaders joined in with Germany to place Muslim troops in Nazi SS divisions.

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After WWII members of these Islamic Nazi troops banned together to form many of the radical Islamic groups which still fight the legitimacy of Israel to exist.

PALESTINE AS A LAUNCHING POINT FOR TERROR

Radical Islamic fighters swarm into these “disputed Palestinian territories” to continue the fight against Israel by constantly firing mortars and rockets into their cities. According to Wikipedia, “as of November 2012, over 2,256 rockets had been launched at Israel from Gaza since January 2012.”

CONCLUSION

Google has decided to use it’s clout to support the creation of a Palestinian state.

As you can see, Google’s choice to side politically with the UN, along with Anonymous and radical Islamic groups, is a huge blow to both peace in the Middle East and Israel’s daily fight to simply survive.

Update 5/5

Okay, now I understand a little bit better, Google has business interests in Palestine:

“Palestinians have such a unique position,” says Gisel Kordestani, Google’s director of new business development. “They’re well educated. They have strong English-language skills. With 88 million people in the [Middle East and North African] region getting online, they have the opportunity to build something for the Arab world.”

Google stands to benefit from whatever is built. Currently less than 1% of the searchable content online is in Arabic. If it grows, Google can sell ads against the new content.

Google Taps Palestine For New Business Development

As they say, follow the money…

Main Christian Website Blocked: Pentagon’s “Crusade” against Christianity Continues

It was reported this week that the Pentagon has blocked it’s users from accessing the largest non-Catholic Christian organization in the United States. And more concerning, blocked it due to it’s alleged “Hostile Content”.

Is this political correctness run amok in the military, or just a case of mistaken identity?

According to Foxnews, Soldiers, officers and even Chaplains that tried to access the Southern Baptist Convention’s website sbc.net were greeted with the warning, “The site you have requested has been blocked by Team CONUS (C-TNOSC/RCERT-CONUS) due to hostile content.”

The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant Christian group in the United States. As of 2012 they had approximately 16 million members and over 45,000 churches.

This would appear to be the second major swipe against Christianity this month by the military. Earlier this month, Army Reservist training placed Evangelical Christianity and Catholicism on a “Religious Extremism” list that included the KKK, Al-Quaeda and Hamas.

In both cases the military has denied that they purposefully targeted Christians. And in this latest case, one would have to wonder if they meant to block the radical Westboro Baptist Church which has been protesting at military funerals instead.

The military claims that the blocking of the SBC website was indeed an accident. According to Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, “The Department of Defense is not intentionally blocking access to this site. We are working diligently to investigate what might be causing access issues for some of our service members and to correct the situation as quickly as possible.

But some are saying that it wasn’t an accident at all, but that an anti-Christianity “theology” is being taught to military officers.

According to the website PrayforUS, military leaders are being taught that Christians are the enemy:

“A new study issued by the U.S. Military Academy claims that American Christians are terrorists. Also identified as terrorists in this study are individuals who identify as pro-life, those who support limited government and lower taxes, those who are opposed to the New World Order and people who are just simply conservatives.”

As was evident with the Boston Bombings, Radical Islam is our nation’s number one enemy right now. And those that are teaching our military leaders that Catholicism and Protestant Christianity are terrorist organizations need to be removed from their positions of authority.

Iranian Military C&C Allegedly Hacked and Launched Rockets at Tehran

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***UPDATE*** 2/9/13 – Cyber War Zone has confirmed that their article was just a scenario, and DID NOT really happen.

Unknown hackers have infiltrated Iranian Command and Control systems and successfully launched multiple Fajr-5 missiles at the Iran capitol, Tehran according to a Cyber War Zone post:

“Unknown hackers achieved to break in to the C&C center of the Iranian forces. The still unknown hackers initiated an missile attack on the Iranian main capital Tehran. The Iranian army responded fast and intercepted the missiles before they could hit Tehran.”

If this report is accurate, this is HUGE news for the cyberwar field. Most cyber attacks are irritating, but mostly harmless. The ability to hack into a foreign country’s military command, re-task rockets to target a local city and then launch them is down right scary.

The graphic above from the Official Israeli Defense Force Blog, shows that the Fajr-5 rocket has a range of up to 75 Kilometers. And according to Aviation Week the rocket carries a 200 pound warhead that is designed to create massive damage:

“Both Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 carry a 90-kg high explosive warhead with massive fragmentation sheets made of steel balls that create extensive collateral damage. Analyses of such attacks from 2006 to this year indicate these rockets could be equipped with a delay fuse to improve building penetration.”

The article also states that due to it’s increased size compared to earlier Iranian rockets, this one is easier to intercept in mid-air, which may explain how Iran was able to down them before they stuck Tehran.

I could not find any additional information on this incident other than the Cyber War Zone post. Any other sources that I have found talking about it simply referred back to CBZ. So I am not 100% sure that this is legit.

But if it is, this is HUGE news.