The joint venture initiated by Facebook’s Internet.org includes the Israeli company Spacecom, and French satellite provider Eutelsat, bringing internet access to millions of Africans who aren’t currently connected.
By Alexander J. Apfel, Tazpit Press Service
An Israeli space company, Spacecom, is developing its newest satellite for Facebook and French satellite provider Eutelsat, in a venture intended to supply free Internet to millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa.
AMOS-6 satellite made at Israel Aerospace Industries – Facebook Photo
The project is part of Facebook’s Internet.org non-for-profit initiative of providing affordable or free Internet to countries with limited or no access to what founder, Mark Zuckerberg describes as “the knowledge economy.” Continue Reading »
“The Impact Team” hack group says unless the Ashley Madison site isn’t shut down they will release personal data from the sex website, exposing millions of members’ names, financial information, nude photos & members’ sexual fantasies.
By Ilan Gattegno, Israel Hayom Staff & Associated Press
Around 180,000 Israelis, as well as millions of other people around the world, are concerned about their privacy after the parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, says it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online.
Some 37 million Ashley Madison users may have their personal information posted online – Photo: AP
The group behind the attack is threatening to release all of the site’s personal information — including its members’ sexual fantasies, nude photos, financial information, online conversations and real names and addresses — if the company does not take Ashley Madison offline, according to a prominent security blog. Continue Reading »
SURVEY: With the global average of 4.21%, Israelis spend 4.16% of their Internet traffic time to pornographic sites. Iraq, at 10.27%, leads the world in traffic dedicated to porn.
By Sagi Cohen
Israelis are in a good place in the middle in terms of online porn consumption compared to the global average. According to figures compiled by Israeli information technology company SimilarWeb, an Israeli spends 3:29 minutes in each porn site he visits – slightly higher than the global average of 3:16 minutes. During that time, he enters an average of 4.27 different pages.
Porn sites are less popular than news and shopping sites, but more popular than game and travel sites – Photo: Shutterstock
About 4.16% of the Internet traffic of adult Web surfers in Israel is to pornographic sites – less than news websites, shopping sites, social networks and search engines, but more than the traffic to other popular sites. Continue Reading »
With current laws on hate speech not being enforced, Israeli task-force of experts begin working to stop the spread of anti-Semitism in Europe by having Google remove search results that lead users to anti-Semitic, Holocaust denial websites.
By Shlomo Cesana
A special forum of some 1,000 experts put together by the Foreign Ministry has decided to act to combat the spread of anti-Semitism in Europe, including online.
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The forum wants to keep results that lead users to anti-Semitic websites out of Google searches [illustrative] – Photo: AP
The Foreign Ministry’s Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism, which held a three-day conference in Jerusalem last week, has determined a series of practical steps to use in changing what it called “a discourse of hate speech.”
Hamas’ official website, along with other Gaza terror sites displays error messages instead of strategic information, due to IDF hacking.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
In the past, soldiers fought only by land, sea or air. On Thursday, however, Israel fought Hamas on the cyber frontier as well.
Screenshot of hacked Hamas website. July 17, 2014. – Photo: screenshot
Around the same time that IDF ground troops entered Gaza Thursday night, Israeli hackers took down a number of prominent Hamas and Islamic Jihad sites. The sites either crashed or showed error messages. The sites included Hamas’ official website, Qudstv.ps, along with Felesteen.ps Continue Reading »
With Arabic the fastest growing language content on the Internet, Arab-Israeli start-ups target users across ideological boundaries.
Six months after [Israel’s] Clalit Health Services released a series of instructional Arabic-language videos about breast feeding on YouTube, the health fund was shocked by their popularity – the combined million views they racked up eclipsed the number of breast-feeding women among the country’s 1.7 million Arab citizens.
View of the Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel – Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Clalit found the solution to the mystery in the analytics: More than half of the views had come from Saudi Arabia, 16 percent from Egypt and 9% from Iraq. Continue Reading »
Israeli financial authorities scrutinized the use of virtual currencies, warning that it’s not legal tender, unsupervised, & presents fertile ground for dubious transactions.
Israel has emerged as a bitcoin hotspot.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
Israel is considering regulating the bitcoin, the Internet’s crypto-currency, and financial authorities are warning citizens that using such decentralised virtual currencies is risky.
Money, money, money: Israel is considering regulating the bitcoin and is warning citizens of the risk of using it – Photo: Reuters
Bitcoins are passed between two parties digitally and can be traded on exchanges for real-world currencies. The bitcoin’s value fluctuates according to user demand but it is not backed by any government or central bank. Continue Reading »
An IT security company reports a Trojan horse viruses on YouTube & Facebook were among the top threats to Israeli computer users last November.
The ESET company has revealed the top three threats to Israeli computer-users for the month of November. All three are viruses that have been spread primarily on Facebook and YouTube.
Targeting Israel on the internet – IsraelandStuff/PP
The top ranked threat was the JS/FBOOK virus, a Trojan horse virus spread over links on YouTube and Facebook. The virus is spread via links on popular sites that lead to websites that spread the virus. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Council recognizes internet dating has become “unavoidable & impossible to prohibit completely.”
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinian Authority’s Supreme Fatwa Council ruled on Tuesday that men and women are allowed to date online, but only for the purpose of marriage.
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A Palestinian couple sits at the bar of a restaurant in the West Bank city of Ramallah. – Photo: Reuters
The council explained that dating and chatting on social media websites, “which have hugely developed in this era, have become an indispensable necessity.”
This unprecedented ruling contradicts fatwas by many extremist Islamic scholars against the use of digital technology for dating between Muslim men and women.