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Time.com: How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet Aug 12 2006 01:35PM
Daniel Jimenez (dgj1menez hotmail com) (2 replies)
Re: Time.com: How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet Aug 14 2006 04:24PM
Mike Davis (mdavis imperfectnetworks com) (1 replies)
Re: Time.com: How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet Aug 14 2006 06:38PM
Daniel Jimenez (dgj1menez hotmail com)
RE: Time.com: How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet Aug 14 2006 01:43PM
AJ Rembert (ajrembert stny rr com)
I think this is more or less a language battle. It is considered
counterterrorism, but if you look at the media outlets Hizbullah communicate
with, they have been banned entirely from the US citizens. So by all rites,
what this article is referring to is no less a terrorist activity than the
many other cases in which an exploit was used to convey a specific message.
I think Hizbullah's message is pretty clear, they want their own land and to
be left alone, nothing more than what Israel is claiming to want. It can be
said the kidnapping of their soldiers somehow prompted this, but a) this
isn't the appropriate forum and b) it's not the complete truth. With regards
to hijacking a website for pop ups to convey the message, this is the root
of our greatest threat: an enemy with motivation. It is said, necessity is
the mother of invention, and this simply proves it. I mentioned in other
locations, when we look at the importance of security we must first look at
what value we have. Even if you're a company with 300k subscribers, that's
an audience greater than the 0 Hizbullah would have gotten. Consider your
fundamental assets with implementing security, and don't be so narrowminded
as to assume because you're a small company you're less of a target. From
this we can see, the only small target is the private network, in world
events.

Regards,

AJ Rembert

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From: Daniel Jimenez [mailto:dgj1menez (at) hotmail (dot) com [email concealed]]
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2006 9:36 AM
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Subject: Time.com: How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet

How Hizballah Hijacks the Internet
The group pops up on unwitting Web sites around the world in order to
communicate, recruit and fundraise
By HILARY HYLTON/AUSTIN
Posted Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2006

What do a small south Texas cable company, a suburban Virginia cable
provider and Web-hosting servers in Delhi, Montreal, Brooklyn and New Jersey

have in common? Since fighting broke out in Lebanon, they all have had their

communications portals hijacked by Hizballah. Hackers from the militant
Lebanese group are trolling the Internet for vulnerable sites to communicate

with one another and to broadcast messages from Al-Manar television, which
is banned in the U.S. In the cyberterrorism trade it is known as
"whack-a-mole" - just like the old carnival game, Hizballah sites pop up,
get whacked down and then pop up again somewhere else on the World Wide Web.

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1224273,00.html?cnn=yes
or
http://tinyurl.com/m5tqb

-Daniel Jimenez

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