"The Jewish people as a whole will be its own Messiah. It will attain world domination by the dissolution of other races...and by the establishment of a world republic in which everywhere the Jews will exercise the privilege of citizenship. In this New World Order the Children of Israel...will furnish all the leaders without encountering opposition..." (Karl Marx in a letter to Baruch Levy, quoted in Review de Paris, June 1, 1928, p. 574)
Demand investigation of Israeli nuke site, or else
By Neil McAllister
The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has admitted to
suffering a data breach that leaked the email addresses of more than 150
people allegedly involved with Israel's nuclear weapons program.
A hitherto-unknown hacker group calling itself Parastoo claimed responsibility for the breach in a statement released to Pastebin on Tuesday, saying, "You will be hearing game changing news from us frequently from now on."
"Parastoo" is a Farsi word meaning
"swallow" – as in the bird – and it's also a fairly common Persian
girls' name. Both facts suggest Iranian involvement with the hack,
although Iran is not specifically mentioned in the group's statement.
The statement, written in wobbly English and typed in all caps,
focuses on Israel's nuclear program, and in particular the "activities
at Dimona." Dimona is an Israeli city that is the site of the Negev
Nuclear Research Center, a top-secret facility that is widely believed
to be involved in the manufacture of nuclear weapons.
"Israel owns a practical nuclear arsenal, tied to a growing military
body and it is not a member of internationally respected nuclear,
biochemical and chemical agreements," Parastoo's statement reads.
Israel itself has never officially admitted to having nuclear
weapons, choosing instead to maintain a policy of deliberate ambiguity
on the issue, but it is believed to have had an operational nuclear arms
capability since as early as 1967. It also has not signed the
international Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Parastoo's statement goes on to list 167 email addresses that the
group claims to have extracted from a server at an IP address owned by
the IAEA in Vienna, followed by a threat:
We ask these individuals to sign a petition demanding an open IAEA
investigation into activities at Dimona. We would like to assert that we
have evidences showing there are beyond-harmful operations taking place
at this site and the above list who technically help IAEA could be
considered a partner in crime should an accident happen there. In such
case, many people would like to at least ask some questions and Parastoo
will publish whereabouts of every single one of these individuals
alongside with bits of helpful personal and professional details.
The group closed its statement with a variation on Anonymous'
well-known catchphrase, reworked as another veiled threat against the
individuals whose personal information it has obtained: "You are not
anonymous. Expect us."
If Parastoo is in fact an Iranian group, its activities could be seen
as a primitive form of payback. Iran's own nuclear program has been
hampered by repeated cyber-attacks in recent months, with the US and
Israel widely considered to be the culprits.
While those incidents involved sophisticated malware, however, the IAEA
leak appears to be the result of a bog-standard web exploit.
For its part, the IAEA appears to be taking the incident in stride. On Tuesday, Reuters reported
IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor as saying the agency "deeply regrets" the
leak, but that the information disclosed was taken from "an old server
that was shut down some time ago."
"The IAEA's technical and security teams are continuing to analyze
the situation and do everything possible to help ensure that no further
information is vulnerable," Tudor said.
Article 19 of the UN Human Rights Charter explicitly states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of
opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of