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  1. In the past, Israel seems to have leaked a lot of American classified technology to China.

    Funny how, in the light of this row, China seems to have gotten hold of the plans for the new ASIO headquarters building.

      1. And there was me thinking that all of the world’s greatest hackers worked for Israel.

        Seriously, the Lavi fighter project was an exercise in transferring American military technology to China, in return for Israel getting something else, as yet unknown, in return (rare earth metals and other hard to get raw materials would be the best guess, though.) And hacking seldom works completely blind: you need some sort of starting point and that usually involves a bit of human intelligence. Even the basic hacking techniques for guessing passwords require some details about potential profile holders, such as dates of birth, names of children. A page of that kind of data could yield gigabytes in return.

        Because the West sees cyber security in terms of giving firms like Lockheed huge contracts to “ensure security”, basic things like not putting unshredded bits of notepaper in the dustbin are being neglected or completely ignored. Personal background information on the people working on a secure project can be absolutely lethal to the cyber security of that project, because it allows the hackers to visualize even one human being behind all the firewalls. If they can do that, sooner or later they can make a break.

        This actually predates the internet by some margin: during WW2, a card index on individual German and Japanese officers was a key weapon of Bletchley Park and the Y service or MI8, as useful as any of the high maths and leading-edge engineering of codebreaking machinery. Apparently secure systems come crashing straight down if there’s some security setting which gets decided as a personal choice and you know enough about one of the persons making those choices to try a few educated guesses. Hacking is essentially the science of educated guesswork, which is the truth which the IDF’s propaganda about its hacking unit and super-educated experts was designed to obscure.

  2. With all of this clandestine and bureaucratic mumbo jumbo between Governments and intelligence services, they’ve all seemed to wiggle off the hook re: their responsibility to Zygier. Maybe the message to the youngsters is don’t sign up thinking it’s all glamour working for the fatherland. You will be eaten just like the next guy, and your employer (the fatherland) will be the one doing the eating, and your home country won’t really care because their friendship with your employer will trump their duty to protect you, even if right now they are slightly miffed.

  3. A Facebook page, with photo, was opened in Elkoubi’s name the very day his name was published in the Canberra Times.

  4. “It’s a violation of protocol for countries to expose the identity of the leading spies for foreign countries in their midst. That Australia did so indicates its level of anger at Israel’s breach of etiquette ”

    But, if I understood your article correctly, it was NOT the Australian government that revealed his identity as a spy, but rather the journalist Philip Dorling, who, as you say “put two and two together.”

    1. @Nikki: The Australian govt made the error & Dorling merely did his job as a journalist. Israel blames Australia & claims the exposure by Australia was intentional. Take it up with Tamir Pardo, not me.

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