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The e-jihad: When Middle East conflict goes electronic

It’s not exactly World War III out there, but Dr. Sherif Kassem Fathy, professor of computer science and information systems at Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, has been monitoring regional strife on the Internet, and he says it’s getting worse. According to Fathy, who made his comments at the recent Forum on Information Warfare held in Washington, D.C., conflict in the Middle East is evident not just in rock-throwing and a rain of explosives between opposing sides, but also in Internet-based attacks. There’s an active information war between Palestinian and Israeli hackers taking place, he said. It largely ignited after the failed peace talks of October 2000 and accelerated with the commencement of what’s known as the Palestinian “Intifada” uprising in 2001. “It’s a new type of information war, launched by young civilians who go into combat with a mouse and a keyboard,” said Fathy. “Both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian hackers attacked opposing Web sites.” Full Story

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