April 10, 2020

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08/15 Links Pt2: Why Is Israel funding anti-IDF activists?; Shapiro: America Has Twin Cancers, Antifa And The Alt-Right


From Ian:

Shapiro At ‘National Review’: America Has Twin Cancers, Antifa And The Alt-Right
America has cancer.
On Saturday, a crowd of alt-right white supremacists, neo-confederates, and Nazi sympathizers marched in Charlottesville, Va.; they were confronted by a large group of protesters including members of the Marxist Antifa — a group that has time and again plunged volatile situations into violence, from Sacramento to Berkeley. There’s still no certain knowledge of who began the violence, but before long, the sides had broken into the sort of brutal scrum that used to characterize Weimer-era Germany. The two sides then carried the red banner and the swastika; so did the combatants on Saturday.
Then a Nazi-sympathizing alt-right 20-year-old Ohioan plowed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring 19. The president of the United States promptly failed egregiously to condemn alt-right racism; instead, he opted for a milquetoast statement condemning “hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides.”
The Left leapt into action, declaring Trump’s statement utterly insufficient — which, of course, it was. But they then went further, declaring that Antifa was entirely innocent, despite Antifa’s launching into violence against pro-Trump marchers in Seattle over the weekend, as they have in Sacramento and Berkeley; berating New York Times journalist Sheryl Gay Stolberg for having the temerity to report that “the hard left seemed as hate-filled as the alt-right”; and suggesting that all conservatives were, at root, sympathizers with the Nazi-friendly alt-right.
And so here we stand: On the one side, a racist, identity-politics Left dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate beneficiaries of privilege and therefore must be excised from political power; on the other side, a reactionary, racist, identity-politics alt-right dedicated to the proposition that white people are innate victims of the social-justice class and therefore must regain political power through race-group solidarity.

Crowder Slams Antifa, Alt-Right

In the wake of the violent events in Charlottesville, Steven Crowder released a video in which he likened the alt-right to Antifa, and triggered an avalanche of insults and abuse from white nationalists furious at the comparison.
Crowder started by noting the Left’s absurdity in lumping together various groups as though white nationalists and white supremacists should be considered conservatives, noting they mixed conservative Christians, conservatives, the Republican Party, the alt-right, white nationalists, white supremacists, and Nazis into one homogenous group.
He joked about those on the Left who have attacked him, “I’ve been called a Nazi, and by those same people I’ve been called a filthy Jew.” (Crowder is not Jewish and not by any stretch of the imagination a Nazi.)
Then Crowder got down to business. He said of the alt-right, “They are much more similar to Antifa than they want to acknowledge.” He continued, “The rest of America is caught in the crossfire … by the way, let’s make sure that both groups are completely disassociated from conservatives and then, separate from conservatives, even President Donald Trump.”
Crowder then listed the ways in which the alt-right and Antifa are alike:

Comments below the video were rife with fury from those from the alt-right.

Women’s March Appalled Over Anti-Semitism At Charlottesville. There’s Just One Problem.

The Women’s March is appalled by modern-day anti-Semitism, just not the anti-Semitism coming from the group’s most widely-known organizer and assistant treasurer Linda Sarsour.
How very convenient.
On Monday, the left-wing feminist group posted an article from Refinery addressing the anti-Semitism at this past weekend’s Charlottesville, Virginia rally, where neo-Nazis promoting their racist views and protesting the removal of Confederate statues clashed with violent “anti-fascist” group, Antifa. Tragically, a 32-year-old woman was murdered when a man with white supremacist ties mowed down protesters in his vehicle; two police officers manning the event also lost their lives when their helicopter crashed.
“We can’t talk about #Charlottesville without also talking about anti-semitism. It is real and it is all around,” captioned the organization.
Yeah, it’s hard to look at this post as anything other than exploitation of a tragedy. The Women’s March doesn’t actually care about anti-Semitism. If they did, they would not have anti-Semitic Linda Sarsour as the most prominent face of their organization.
Here’s Sarsour embracing Rasmea Odeh, a woman who happens to be facing a lifetime prison sentence back in Israel for her involvement in a terror plot in Jerusalem at the British consulate and a fatal bombing at a Jerusalem grocery store.

The Women’s March organizer also has a history of Jew-hatred, as noted by Daily Wire’s Aaron Bandler:​

Why Is Israel funding anti-IDF activists?

A left-wing NGO with ties to illegal Arab settlements and anti-IDF protests is receiving state funds, a report by the Ad Kan watchdog organization claims.
The far-left NGO Solidarity of Nations – Achvat Amim, offers five-month programs for Diaspora Jewish youth to volunteer in Israel to “develop leadership and community organizing skills” by engaging in hands-on “Tikkun Olam” (a Jewish expression meaning healing the world) and promoting the “value of self-determination”, according to the group’s website.
During the program, participants volunteer in mixed Arab-Jewish schools, learn about the Arab-Israeli conflict from the organization’s left-wing perspective, and mingle with local Jewish and Arab youths.
Despite its clear ideological bent, Solidarity of Nations presents itself as a non-partisan organization, and benefits from state funds.
Under the aegis of Masa Israel Journey, a state-funding umbrella organization which funds programs bringing Jewish youth to Israel, Solidarity of Nations receives $3,000 per participant from the state budget and Jewish Agency, Channel 20 reported.
But as the Ad Kan investigative report has revealed, Solidarity of Nations often blurs the lines between education and promotion of anti-Israel activism, using volunteers to aid illegal Arab settlements and apparently encouraging them to join anti-IDF protests. (h/t Yenta Press)

Roger Waters: There Is US Media Conspiracy to Silence My Anti-Israel Views

Now, here’s a clip of the RT interview — you can hear his response in context, and learn that the question specifically pertained to why Roger Waters’ anti-Israel activism “isn’t more openly discussed” in the media.

First, the complaint by Waters — who has an estimated net worth of $245 million — that he’s being effectively “silenced” is absurd.
Moreover, Waters’ belief in some sort of media conspiracy (“from above”) to avoid giving him airtime needs to be seen in the context of other risible assertions, including his complaint that the “extraordinarily powerful Jewish lobby” frightens many celebrities from joining BDS; his claim that Israel is arguably the most oppressive regime on the planet; and that Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians is on par with the Nazis’ treatment of Jews.
Perhaps the reason why editors, producers and executives don’t want Waters discussing BDS is quite simple: As much as they may love the music of Pink Floyd, they’re understandably hesitant to amplify and legitimise political views that are unhinged, conspiratorial and sometimes antisemitic. The anonymous source cited by Waters is certainly right about one thing: it sure isn’t rocket science.

University of Chicago Considered Aggressive Response to ‘Watch Lists’ of Anti-Israel Students

University of Chicago administrators considered an aggressive response to “watch lists” of anti-Israel students posted online and in flyers distributed on campus by pro-Israel groups, according to a recently released memo.
After students demanded the university take action on their behalf against the David Horowitz Freedom Center and anonymous website Canary Mission—both of which aim to document anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity by U.S. students, and publicly name individuals who engage in such activities—administrators weighed the “pros and cons” of engaging directly with the organizations, according to student paper the Chicago Maroon.
Those named by Canary Mission and the Horowitz Center included students associated with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), the Muslim Students Association, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), and boycott, divestment, and sanctions coalition UofC Divest.
The presence of SJP on campus has been correlated with increased anti-Semitism at that campus, according to at least three studies. Jewish Voice for Peace, a far-left organization, honored at their 2017 national conference a convicted Palestinian terrorist and boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) activist Linda Sarsour.
According to the memo, students have claimed that the exposure of their comments and activities regarding Israel have put their “reputational and employment prospects … at stake and that they are at risk of becoming targets of intimidation and harassment.”

IsraellyCool: Paul Joseph Watson: Time To Rethink #FakeNews On Israel?

Throughout Brexit and the rise of Trump I watched a lot of videos by Paul Joseph Watson on YouTube that constantly made a lot of good points many of which I agreed with. He’s especially scathing about the kinds of Social Justice Warriors who invariably support BDS against Israel and the “Palestinian cause”.
However, as with everyone else on the web, I don’t agree with everything he’s ever said. But one particular video of Paul’s, from the height of the Gaza war in 2014 called “Israel is only defending itself”, stuck out like a sore thumb. The main problem was that back in 2014 Paul, like many others, was wedded to mostly main stream sources that lie and lie by omission all the time about Israel.
So I made this video for him.

Michael Lumish: This Week on Nothing Left

This week Michael Burd and Alan Freedman start with an interview with former Obama US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro who is visiting Australia as one of the keynote speakers at the JNF gala dinners in Melbourne and Sydney, and then speak live with Daniel Mandel from the Zionist Organisation of America on General McMaster (albeit truncated because the line dropped out unexpectedly).
The fellahs are also joined in the studio by Yosef Drever from Achdut HaLev, an organisation he started to promote aliya to Israel, and then they hear from Dr Martin Sherman on his “humanitarian”option for resolving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.
3 min Editorial: Islam
9 min Dan Shapiro, former US ambassador to Israel (JNF Gala)
29 min Daniel Mandel,[LIVE] ZOA on General McMaster
47 min Yosef Drever, from Achdut HaLev on aliya to Israel
1 hr 2 Martin Sherman, “humanitarian” solution to conflict

PreOccupiedTerritory: Still 0 Confirmed Attending Gaza SlutWalk Event (satire)

Two weeks after activists posted a scheduled demonstration on behalf of women’s rights and against patriarchal dominance, no Facebook users have registered their intention to participate, organizers are reporting.
SlutWalk Gaza, slated to take place in three weeks, appears not to have attracted attendees, though organizers warn that numbers gleaned only through Facebook’s RSVP system often prove deceptive.
“We of course anticipate bountiful attendance, considering how much solidarity our movement has shown Palestinians,” insisted Annie Frekha, who also helped organize SlutWalk Chicago. “You’d think that after standing firm on the marginalization of Zionist feminists from our ranks, we might find a receptive venue in Palestine to hold another rally.”
While no Facebook users have confirmed they will attend, the event has garnered more than fifty Likes, a development that Frekha sees as an encouraging sign. “Not everyone uses Facebook the same way,” she explained. “In many ways a Like is as good as an ‘attending.’” A closer examination of those who clicked Like revealed more than half to be accounts run by or representing SlutWalk organizers themselves.
No venue has been announced for SlutWalk Gaza. “We’re waiting to see how many confirm,” indicated Hippo Critt, another organizer. “One thing is for sure – in Gaza we won’t need to carry umbrellas to obscure any attendees who have the gall to assert their pro-Israel sentiments.”

Rabbis call The Forward ‘an embarrassment to Jewish journalism’

The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), a national organization representing hundreds of Orthodox Rabbis, today denounced The Forward newspaper as “an embarrassment to Jewish journalism” after it published a vitriolic piece by Steven Davidson claiming Morton Klein, Director of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) had views that were a “bigger threat” to Israel and Jews than Linda Sarsour and the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.
“The public defamation of Morton Klein is a repugnant violation of Jewish law and evinces a gross disregard for Jewish values,” said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the CJV. “The Forward has a skewed agenda in which support for Israel and the Jewish people, to which Mort Klein has dedicated his life, is somehow a vice, while indulging our mortal enemies is somehow a virtue.”
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, besides being a CJV Senior Rabbinic Fellow, is also the Executive Vice President Emeritus of the National Council of Young Israel and Co-Chairman of the American Friends of the International Young Israel Movement, Israel region. He writes that “I have known and worked with Mort Klein for over 25 years. He is one of the most hard working pro-Israel professionals I know. I am proud to call him a friend and a colleague.”
“The Forward’s Israel reporting displays a bias comparable to that of Al-Jazeera, and its coverage of Judaism is even worse,” said Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Director of the CJV. “What is Jewish about slandering pro-Israel conservatives while minimizing the anti-Semitic views of Linda Sarsour? It is an embarrassment to Jewish journalism.”

After nearly 3 months, BBC finally corrects Manchester inaccuracy

Back in May an edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘The World Tonight’ was broadcast from Manchester following a terror attack in the city the previous day. As was noted here at the time, during a discussion about “tensions that have riven the city in the past”, listeners heard presenter Ritula Shah refer to “Jewish riots in the 1940s”.
Contrary to that claim, records show that in early August 1947, during a bank holiday, rioting against Jews took place over a number of days in Manchester, Salford and additional towns and cities.
BBC Watch submitted a complaint about that error, requesting that audiences be relieved of the inaccurate impression of a seventy year-old event in the history of their own country by means of an on-air clarification in the same programme. The response received was unsatisfactory.

BBC News website amends a report with an inaccuracy

This week marks twelve years since Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in which over 8,000 people lost their homes and livelihoods when twenty-one communities were evacuated. All Israeli military personnel were redeployed outside the Gaza Strip and even the dead were exhumed and reburied elsewhere.
Nevertheless, the BBC still refers to the Gaza Strip as being “occupied” by Israel and an amendment made recently to a BBC News website article a week after it was originally published provides some insight into that practice.
In other words – as clarified by Elder of Ziyon at the time:
“What the UN seems to be saying is that if part of the territory is occupied, then all of the territory is considered occupied, since there is are UN resolutions that declare the two territories are considered united.”
“Note that the UN isn’t saying that Gaza is legally “occupied.” It is saying that Gaza must be referred to as “Occupied Palestinian Territory” – it is arguing nomenclature, not law. The Hague Conventions makes it clear that occupied territory refers only to portions of territory under control of another party, not that an entire territory is either occupied or not if only part of it is. […] At no point does the UN respond to UN Watch anything about control of borders or airspace […].
In conclusion, the amendment made by the BBC News website to this article in response to a request from the lobby group CAABU inaccurately represents the reasoning behind the UN’s stance and also falls short of editorial guidelines on ‘due impartiality’ by failing to inform audiences of the existence of alternative opinions on the topic.

The Washington Post and The Case of the Missing Abu Jihad

The Washington Post continues to neglect internal Palestinian affairs. Six-months after he was appointed deputy to Fatah head and Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, a man named Mahmoud al-Aloul has yet to be featured in the pages of The Post. Fatah is the dominant movement in the PA, which rules the West Bank (Judea and Samaria).
As CAMERA has noted, al-Aloul is a convicted and unrepentant terrorist who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Jihad (“Father of Jihad”). Since his appointment in February 2017, al-Aloul is potentially in line to succeed Abbas—an ailing octogenarian autocrat who leads entities that receive considerable U.S. and international aid. His ascension should be a news story—particularly given The Post’s frequent coverage of the future of the “peace process” with Israel and recent U.S. congressional efforts aimed at addressing PA payments to terrorists (for more details, see here).
The United States, Israel and others could potentially be looking at the day in which a man named Abu Jihad leads the Palestinian Authority. Indeed, Abbas’ decision to activate the Tanzim faction of Fatah during the latest Temple Mount dispute, led to analyst Grant Rumley proclaiming that “the end of the Abbas era” might be here.
In a Feb. 24 2017 Algemeiner Op-Ed entitled “Terrorist Appointed as Mahmoud Abbas’ Deputy, But the World Stays Silent,” CAMERA pointed out the lack of media attention that Abu Jihad’s appointment was receiving. In conversations with Post staff, and in several Op-Eds since then, CAMERA highlighted the importance of the media devoting attention to Palestinian political developments commensurate with their attention to Israeli affairs.
Yet, six months later, The Washington Post has yet to note Abu Jihad’s rise. Instead, The Post’s Jerusalem bureau has filed dispatches on Palestinian pigeon ownership (“An old pastime thrives in a Palestinian enclave,” Aug. 13, 2017), a Palestinian winning an ‘Arab Idol’ song contest (Feb. 26, 2017) and the Palestinian used car market (“How junkyard cars from Israel have become deadly Palestinian treasures,” March 29, 2017)—along with numerous reports on Israeli political developments and the future of the peace process.
Abu Jihad, however, is still missing in the paper’s pages. And it’s not as if the paper is unaware of who he is.

Google, GoDaddy Cancel Neo-Nazi Domain After Charlottesville Protest

After violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville which left one woman dead, GoDaddy canceled the neo-Nazi web domain Daily Stormer. When the website looked to be hosted by Google, the company also denied its registration.
On Sunday evening, Daily Stormer published a demeaning story about the victim of the protests, Heather Heyer, which attacked her physical appearance and called her offensive names, GoDaddy decided to distance itself from the website after months of criticism for hosting the site.
After GoDaddy pulled the plug, Daily Stormer tried Google to no avail, as the company declared, “We are cancelling Daily Stormer’s registration with Google Domains for violating our terms of service.”
According to Business Insider, “Daily Stormer registered its domain with Google at 7:51 a.m. Pacific. Google canceled the registration at 11:02 a.m. Pacific.”
No word, yet, if Google or GoDaddy plans to purge the World Wide Web of all of the other offensive content, including Islamic terrorism, anti-Israel, child pornography, or leftist death threats to our president.

New England Holocaust Memorial’s Glass Shattered By Vandal: 2nd Time In Six Weeks

On Monday night, the New England Holocaust Memorial was vandalized for the second time in the last six weeks.
The memorial, which has 22 panels of glass 54 feet high that make up six glass towers, had the glass panel etched with numbers representing those tattooed on victims in the Nazi concentration camps shattered, allegedly by a 17-year-old boy who was charged with willful and malicious destruction of property, according to the Boston Police Department.
According to CNN, police arrived and found the teen held by two bystanders. Witnesses said the boy was hurling “what appeared to be a rock at the Memorial which shattered a glass panel,” according to a police press release.
In Jewish tradition, stones are left at a burial site by visitors; there were stones at the memorial. It is unknown if one of those stones was used by the vandal.

Motorist in France suspected of assaulting Jewish man with knife

French police suspect a motorist of assaulting a Jewish man with a knife in front of his wife and baby, according to a local antisemitism watchdog.
The Jewish man, identified by the Bureau for Vigilance Against Antisemitism as B. Olivier, said the suspect assaulted him Thursday morning at 11 a.m. while he was trying to cross a road with his wife and baby in the southern city of Cannes, the watchdog, known as BNVCA, said in a report on the incident. Olivier reportedly said the man, who appeared to be of European heritage, failed to stop his car at the pedestrian crossing.
Passersby prevented the driver from continuing after he narrowly missed hitting Olivier and his family, the report said, and Olivier confronted the driver, who told him to “screw his mother.”
The driver then reportedly got out of the car with a knife and advanced toward Olivier, who was wearing a Star of David pendant, shouting that he would “kill the Jew.” Olivier and his family fled the scene, the report said.
BNVCA said police were able to identify a suspect, but did not mention whether he had been detained. The group urged the judiciary to charge the suspect with aggravated assault in an indictment that reflects the allegedly antisemitic character of the incident.

Swiss hotelier sorry for signs telling Jews to shower before entering pool

The manager of a hotel in Switzerland said she was wrong to post signs instructing “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool and to access the refrigerator at set times.
Ruth Thomann, who runs the Paradies Arosa hotel 80 miles southeast of Zurich, responded Monday to articles published in Israeli media outlets about the signs put up by hotel staff over the weekend.
“I have nothing against Jews, whom we regularly receive warmly here,” she told JTA on Monday. “I may have selected the wrong words; the signs should have been addressed to all the guests instead of Jewish ones.”
Thomann removed the signs following complaints.
A report about the signs prompted Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s deputy foreign minister, to condemn the hotel’s actions as “an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind,” as her office said in a statement Monday. Hotovely said Thomann should be prosecuted for a hate crime and suggested the signs were indicative of the anti-Semitism throughout Europe.
“Unfortunately, anti-Semitism in Europe is still a reality and we must make sure that the punishment for incidents such as these will serve as deterrents for those who still harbor the germ of anti-Semitism,” Hotovely said.
Thomann said her staff allowed only the Jewish guests as a courtesy to put food in the refrigerator normally reserved for staff.
“The sign was addressed to Jewish guests simply because the other guests are not allowed to put food in the fridge, and we wanted our Jewish guests to access the food only at set times because otherwise it was an impossible situation,” she said.

Hotovely: ‘Ugly anti-Semitism’

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is outraged by the anti-Semitic incident that took place today in Arosa, Switzerland, where the director of an apartment hotel posted anti-Semitic signs. The Deputy Foreign Minister called the incident “an anti-Semitic act of the worst and ugliest kind.” The incident occurred in an apartment hotel that hosts Jewish groups every year.
Deputy Minister Hotovely spoke with Israel’s ambassador to Switzerland, Jacob Keidar, who briefed her on the details and updated her that the signs have already been removed. The ambassador spoke with the Swiss Foreign Ministry requesting that they condemn this act.
Deputy Minister Hotovely said that the woman who posted the signs should be brought to justice and that merely removing the signs is not sufficient. “Unfortunately anti-Semitism in Europe is still a reality and we must make sure that the punishment for incidents such as these will serve as deterrents for those who still harbor the germ of anti-Semitism.”

Hollywood Talent Agent Apologizes Again After Using ‘Nazi Death Camp’ Joke in First Apology for Derogatory Emails

A Hollywood talent agent has issued a second apology after texting an ex-employee a joke about Nazi concentration camps last week, expressing regret for sexist, homophobic and antisemitic language he used in an email rant.
Michael Einfeld emailed an apology to “friends, colleagues and clients” for using “language that was tasteless, humorless and completely inexcusable” in emails with his staff and text messages with his former assistant Rosette Laursen, who posted screenshots of the messages on her Facebook page.
In an email allegedly sent by Einfeld to the entire staff — which Rosette claims was intended for only two male coworkers but accidentally sent to the whole office — she was labeled an “uppity selfish c–t” for requesting a day off in honor of the A Day Without A Woman protest in March. Einfeld suggested in the same email that “someone should sew her vagina shut” and said, “I’m never hiring a girl ever again.”
He added: “No bonus for anyone that strikes or leaves early in pilot season. No one is striking in show business we are all against Trump. And women are considered diverse and being shoved in as writer and directors. Zach who is a Jewish male is being pushed out.”

Jewish community jumping ship as political storm takes Brazil

Over the last three years, Brazil’s usually lighthearted Carnival culture has been darkened by a political and economic crisis that has turned into the longest recession in the country’s history.
In an attempt to root out the rot plaguing Brazil’s core, Operation Car Wash has exposed corruption at the highest political levels. Led by Attorney Sérgio Moro, a modern-day Eliot Ness, it is one of the deepest-running investigations of its kind.
Besides taking to the streets and social media in protest, the public’s only outlet is watching their politicians get butchered in the media — but still, average citizens continue to endure most of the fallout from the crisis.
Brazilian Jews share the same fate as everyone else in Latin America’s largest, most populous and economically developed country. Most of them fall into the middle class, an economic tier becoming more impoverished by the day since the onset of the record-setting two-year recession.
Last year’s impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff and the recent sentencing to nine-and-a-half years in prison for her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — known simply as Lula — have cast a pall over Brazil.

Talia Friedman, daughter of US envoy, is the newest Israeli

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Tuesday morning greeted his daughter Talia as she officially became an Israeli citizen at Ben Gurion Airport.
Talia, 23, was one of 233 North Americans who arrived on an aliyah flight chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh, a group promoting Jewish immigration to Israel.
“We’re so proud of our daughter Talia. She always wanted to live in Israel, and she’s realizing her dream,” the US envoy told reporters, moments after her El Al plane landed on the tarmac. “Our whole family is very proud of her. We’re here just to greet her and give her a hug and wish her behatzlah raba [much success] here in Israel.”
He added: “We just want her to be happy. This is something she always wanted to do. She loves Israel. We all love Israel. Our whole family loves Israel. And this is her dream. We’re very proud of her.”

Israeli firm beats off new generation of cyberattacks

What’s the best way to beat malware? Nip it in the bud before it spreads too far, says Israeli cybersecurity firm Cybereason.
The company has developed a way to ward off a new and growing cyberattack – the inexpensive, widely available and easy-to-use Remcos RAT.
RATs, or remote access tools, are ostensibly legitimate pieces of software that allow users to control a computer from afar as if they were sitting in front of it. With a RAT, a supervisor or tech support person could help a company employee sort out a software snafu, set up a new user account, or perform any other routine activity that the support person would otherwise have to be present for.
While RATs have a place in legitimate computing, they are often used to perpetrate hacking attacks. Hackers surreptitiously send RATs with remote access rights already activated as email links or attachments that their unwitting victims innocently click on. Once installed, the RAT enables hackers to do whatever they want on the victim’s machine, including installing ransomware, in which hackers threaten to shut down computer or network operations unless they are paid off.
What’s unique about Remcos RAT is its popularity. According to Sanz Yashar, head of Cyberreason’s intelligence team, advanced versions of Remcos RAT have been circulating in the hacker world in recent weeks at popular prices. Hackers can buy a license for the RAT via sites on the dark web, with subscriptions starting at $58 for a one-month, one-machine license. More advanced hacker operations could buy an enterprise license, which can be used on 10 machines for six months for a mere $389.

India Deploying Israeli-Made Smart Fence on Border with Pakistan

India is deploying along its volatile border with Pakistan a smart Israel-developed fencing system having a ‘quick response team’ mechanism which strikes when the CCTV-powered control room detects an infiltration attempt.
The BSF is implementing an ambitious project called the comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS) as part of the Narendra Modi government’s plan to completely seal the Indo-Pak and India-Bangladesh borders in the next few years.
The BSF is tasked with guarding the over 6,300-km-long two borders and its chief, in an interview to PTI, said the new frontier guarding systems will bring a “sea change”, for the first time, in this domain.
“There is going to be a paradigm shift in our operational preparedness. As of now, we patrol from point-A to point-B (along the border). What we are now planning is to shift to a QRT (quick reaction team)-based system and a number of new technologies which have not been tried so far are being tested,” said K K Sharma, the director general of the 2.65- lakh personnel strong force.

Bernie Sanders, Larry David to be on ‘Finding Your Roots’

A number of Jewish celebrities learn about their backgrounds on the upcoming season of the PBS show “Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates.”
A promotional video for the series, in which Harvard historian Gates helps celebrities trace their ancestry, features Larry David, Bernie Sanders and Scarlett Johansson as well as other famous Jews.
Some of the revelations in the show’s fourth season, which premieres on October 3, include the fact that Bernie Sanders and Larry David are related and that Scarlett Johansson had ancestors in the Warsaw Ghetto.
The new season also includes the family histories of Paul Rudd (the promo includes a photo of him from what looks like could be his bar mitzvah) and Amy Schumer.

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