Cyber terrorism traced to a phone number in Israel which accessed Palnet (the parent company of Paltalk ? ) on the West Bank!
"...the FBI didn't find anything illegal ...
There haven't been threats that rise to the level of a hate crime."
Well, of course not! The perpetrators were Jews not the
victims. Remember, these are representatives of the
same government that just introduced the:
"Global Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2004 HR 4230 IH "
More News on Israeli Zionazi Hackers
by rc Wednesday September 04, 2002 at 12:53 PM
The Zionists will apparently stop at nothing to try to thwart the
truth about apartheid, racist, anti-democratic Israel from gettting
out to the masses. In the following article from the Washington
Report on Middle East Affaiars, the dirty deeds, indeed, crimes
of Zionazis are exposed. They are targetting all pro-Palestinian
to protect Mona Baker the Proffessor at UMIST from Zionists
who attacked her (by sending 15000 hate mails to her University
demanding she be sacked on the first day of their campaign
against her) something strange started happening at MPAC.
targetted first, then the head of the summer campaign and
then some of our journalists. Hundreds of emails were
sent out apparently from MPAC staff justyfing Israel and
we were not the only one's the Machine was targetting:
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."
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
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
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
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. Qumsiyeh said the hackers'
before the hackers targeted them.
Monica Terazi is director of the New York office of the
American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
Terazi's e-mail privileges were yanked by Yahoo! for a time
after hackers "spoofed" her e-mail address and identity to
send a message to some 80 Yahoo! groups. Terazi, like
Mashney, spoke with the FBI about the new Israeli cyber
23, Terazi wrote to Wired News reporter Noah Shachtman,
"While these e-mails are a nuisance, offensive and intimidating,
the FBI didn't find anything illegal:
There haven't been threats that rise to the level of a hate crime,
no money has been stolen, public safety has not been endangered
and, as far as we can tell, our computers have not been hacked
or 'technically intruded into' as one agent put it." The offensive
messages are all protected by the First Amendment, said Terazi.
forwarded addresses from private lists to Israel. Iowa activists
report that people and organizations on their private e-mail lists:
family members, friends, acquaintances, media contacts, government
officials, interfaith relations organizations, activists, and activist
organizations suddenly found themselves receiving tens, hundreds,
or thousands of anti-Arab, anti-Muslim and anti-Palestinian "spam"
e-mails per day. Many on private e-mail lists reported receiving
anti-Arafat cartoons and racist diatribes, along with e-mail that
aggressively connected to a web site that took control of their
omputers, turned the screen white, and made it necessary to shut
down and re-start the computer. Some also reported that their
e-mail addresses had been "spoofed" and their on-line
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
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
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
esponse they did not expect. Because the AIC list was hosted
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 Palnet.com
on the West Bank," said Shehadeh. When Palnet.com 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
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."
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.
"Afterwards, the hackers compromise another service system
here in the USA by passing the e-mail message with Simple
Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), using HELO verb. The hackers
don't have a valid principal host but overcome that by using a
bracketed Internet Protocol number (IP address) at a location
anywhere on the web. Web hosting servers tricked into
transferring these e-mails include Digital Cube, Inc., Verizon
DSL Network, and Iowa Online Web Access located in
Washington, Iowa," said Shehadeh.
Shehadeh and other computer professionals working in the
USA report that ISPs and companies with IP addresses are
typically very cooperative when notified that their equipment
is being misused. Most act promptly to end the hackers' access.
Given widespread and systematic destruction of electronic
communications facilities by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)
in the West Bank in recent months, the continued existence of
Palnet facilities suggests that the Israeli government had reason
to permit Palnet's continued operation and raises questions
about the ability of Palnet's owners to refuse service to Israeli
hackers or otherwise interfere with their activities.
This particular campaign in Israel's cyber war seemed to have
been curtailed, at least temporarily, on August 29, soon after
Shehadeh tracked the hackers to the West Bank ISP and, finally,
to an Israeli phone number, while other computer professionals
in the USA, along with some of the targeted activists themselves,
quietly contacted management representatives at various IP
addresses around the globe and notified them that their facilities
were being abused.