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Israel Says It Will Treat Online Credit Card Theft As It Would Terrorism 422

In the wake of the online theft of at least 6,000 credit card numbers belonging to Israelis, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that "Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action." Also at Reuters, with a few more details about the believed thief, known as OxOmar: "After Israeli media ran what they said were interviews conducted with OxOmar over email, the Haaretz newspaper said a blogger had tracked the hacker down and determined he was a 19-year-old citizen of the United Arab Emirates studying and working in Mexico."
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Israel Says It Will Treat Online Credit Card Theft As It Would Terrorism

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  • Shape of things (Score:4, Interesting)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) * on Saturday January 07, 2012 @04:35PM (#38624450) Journal

    I'm pretty sure we can expect to see something similar in the US before long.

    Anyone who hacks into an account, or uses the Internet for crime (such as filesharing) or disrupts corporate activity by protesting in a park, is going to be treated as a terrorist and considered an enemy combatant. After all, when you threaten profits, you threaten everything we hold sacred. Let's just see what happens to the Occupy people who dare protest at the GOP Convention outside of the specified "Free Speech Zone" later this year.

    As we know, last week a bill became law that allows for "terrorists" to be held indefinitely without being charged. There already is a legal doctrine allowing assassination of citizens for being "terrorists".

    The message is clear: You. Better. Behave.

  • by slasho81 ( 455509 ) on Saturday January 07, 2012 @05:07PM (#38624726)
    The oft neglected fact is that US aid to Israel must be spent on US products and services. That money usually ends in the hands of military equipment manufacturers which employ US citizens who pressure their congressmen to continue to give that aid which is basically a subsidy for US factories of a very certain kind and location. Politics as usual.
  • by HonestButCurious ( 1306021 ) on Saturday January 07, 2012 @05:27PM (#38624906) Journal

    US FMF grants to Israel in 2011, divided by the population of Israel in 2011, ends up as $384 per capita. The 2011 US budget, divided by the population of the US in 2011, ends up as $11,897 per capita. That's ignoring the fact that Israel has to spend the FMF money in the USA, in effect subsidising the American military-industrial complex.

    Protip: Don't post bullshit pseudo-statistics to Slashdot - we guys love our calculators.

  • by chrb ( 1083577 ) on Saturday January 07, 2012 @11:42PM (#38626876)

    the supposed civilian statistics thrown up by the palestinians are weighted EXTREMELY heavily towards males over the age of 14 and under 40.

    And how do you account for the civilian statistics thrown up by the Israelis? Palestinian civilian casualities in the second intifada: []

    According to B'Tselem, of the 6,484 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the Second Intifada, 3,036 did not take part in hostilities while 2,248 did so. The remainder (950 individuals) were either police officers killed at their police stations or otherwise uncertain as to whether they took part in the hostilities. 1,329 (20,5 percent) of those killed were minors. A further 53 Palestinians were killed by Israeli civilians.

    B'Tselem [] is an Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO). It calls itself "The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories". The group was founded on February 3, 1989 by a group of prominent Israeli public figures, including lawyers, academics, journalists, and members of the Knesset.

    B'Tselem is Israeli, it was founded by respected prominent Israelis, and it says 1329 Palestinian children were killed by Israelis in the second intifada, and that children were 20% of the total Palestinians killed. They also say that the majority of all Palestinians killed took no part in hostilities ie. most of the people killed by the Israeli military were civilians. Odd that you were moderated up to +5, when you offer no evidence for your personal opinion, and it is contrary to all the established evidence from both sides in the conflict.

  • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Sunday January 08, 2012 @01:36AM (#38627326)
    Of course they don't, those in the Gaza and West Bank Ghettos are Untermenchen.
    I like Israel, it's the closest thing in that part of the world that comes close to respecting the idea of law. What I don't like is that it's currently run by a bunch of corrupt fascists that think nothing of sending assassination squads to other countries under fake passports of those that think that Israel is their ally.

"Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb