Radio News: Report indicates Israel behind cyber attacks
Jun 06, 2016 10:56 pm
Israel seems to be worried about activists of the "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" movement, who are trying to put economic pressure on Israel to end human rights violations against Palestinians. On June 5, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo created a blacklist for his state, boycotting anyone boycotting Israel. Melanie Trimble, the director of the New York Civil Liberties Union Capital Region chapter, said that government policy, “punishing New Yorkers for engaging in political speech degrades our state’s values and traditions and violates the Constitution.” Besides lobbying New York's leaders to create a blacklist, the Israeli government may also be behind a series of online attacks against the human rights activists. A report from eQualit.ie, an online security group, found that the botnets used to attack the bdsmovement.net website were also used against another organization supporting Palestinian rights. “These latest cyber-attacks against BDS seem to be part of a full-fledged Israeli war on the movement that includes McCarthyite legal repression, use of intelligence services and yet more funding for ‘brand Israel’ propaganda,” said Mahmoud Nawajaa, general coordinator of the Palestinian BDS National Committee.