02 Aug 2019

Microsoft Slammed For Investment In Israeli Facial Recognition ‘Spying On Palestinians’

Privacy advocates are accusing Microsoft of investing in surveillance technology that is used to spy on people whose human rights are being trampled upon by authorities. In particular, activists criticize the tech giant’s funding of AnyVision, an Israeli facial recognition firm that provides technology used to carry out surveillance on

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17 Jun 2019

Twitter wipes out thousands of fake accounts connected to Iran, Russia

Once again, Twitter has purged thousands of inauthentic user accounts connected to influence operations. A total of 4,779 accounts were removed, many of which were tied to the Iranian regime, while a few were linked to Russia. According to the social media platform, more than 1,600 of the fraudulent accounts

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10 Jun 2019

US Ambassador Says Israel Has Right to Annex Parts of West Bank

The United States ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, believes that Israel has the right to annex some “but unlikely all,” parts of the Israeli occupied West Bank. Friedman’s provocative statement in a Saturday interview provides support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who stated in April that he is

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28 May 2019

Israel and Syria exchange fire amid soaring regional tensions

Israel’s military on Monday acknowledged that it carried out a a rocket attack on a Syrian launcher in the Golan Heights, after an Israeli jet had come under Syrian anti-aircraft fire earlier that day. Syrian news reported that a “military vehicle was targeted and there are wounded.” Israeli Prime Minister

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17 May 2019

Facebook Bans Israeli Firm For Election Meddling

Facebook says it has taken down a massive Israeli influence operation targeting voters in Africa. The campaign comprised 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” orchestrated by Israeli lobbying firm Archimedes Group. The campaign had accumulated around 2.8 million followers on the

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15 May 2019

Israeli TV Eurovision webcast hacked with fake missile alert

On Tuesday, threat actors hacked into the online video stream of the Eurovision semi-finals held in Tel Aviv, Israel and used their access to issue fake warning messages of a missile attack on the city. They also broadcast animated satellite footage showing explosions across Tel Aviv. KAN, the Israeli TV

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06 May 2019

In a first, Israel responds to Hamas hackers with an air-strike

In the midst of escalating violence between Israel and militants in Gaza over the weekend, Israel became the first country to use kinetic force to respond to a cyberattack in real-time. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that Hamas hackers launched a cyberattack against its systems on Saturday. After thwarting

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18 Apr 2019

Iran’s Hassan Rouhani urges regional powers to ‘unite against US’

In a Thursday speech, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed all regional problems on Zionism and “America’s arrogance,” and called upon regional powers to “stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor’s presence.” Rouhani also stressed that Iran’s military forces are not a threat to the national interests

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09 Apr 2019

Netanyahu’s Talk of West Bank Annexations Is a Blow to Peace but No Surprise, Palestinians Say

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent remarks that if he is reelected, he will annex Israeli settlements in the Israeli occupied West Bank and reject the formation of a Palestinian state, describe what would be the final nail in the coffin of a potential two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian

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27 Mar 2019

Trump’s Golan proclamation gathers international condemnation

US adversaries and allies on Tuesday were united in their condemnation of US President Donald Trump’s Monday decision to officially recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-day War. At a meeting of the United Nations (UN) Security Council, the

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