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posted by cmn32480 on Friday November 04 2016, @05:36PM   Printer-friendly
from the soy-vs-spy dept.

A threat group believed to be located in Palestine has been targeting users in Palestine and other Middle Eastern countries in a series of unsophisticated attacks whose main goal appears to be espionage.

Researchers at Vectra Networks have been monitoring the group for the past two years and determined that its operations focus on Middle Eastern political issues. The threat actor has been dubbed "Moonlight" based on the name of a command and control (C&C) domain used in the attacks.

According to Vectra, Moonlight's tools and targets are similar to the ones of a group known as Gaza Hackers Team, Gaza Cybergang and Molerats, but experts have not found a clear connection between these actors. The Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas is believed to be behind Gaza Hackers Team.

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  • (Score: 2) by bob_super on Friday November 04 2016, @11:59PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Friday November 04 2016, @11:59PM (#422685)

    America is the name of a continent. Actually two, to be pedantic.

    You may want to brush up on that historical detail called the Balfour Declaration, which conveniently just turned 99 years old this week.

    Even without arguing about documented (and proudly endorsed) CIA actions, I'm pretty sure that the US drones flying over the sovereign "at peace" country of Pakistan and blowing up people on a regular basis are considered terrorism by the populations living there. Of course, the list of countries where the US threatens or blows up people is a lot longer, but that's the most obvious unquestionable one.

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  • (Score: 1, Troll) by jmorris on Saturday November 05 2016, @01:58AM

    by jmorris (4844) on Saturday November 05 2016, @01:58AM (#422712)

    historical detail called the Balfour Declaration

    Yes, 99 years ago there was a place name called "Palestine" but there isn't now and, barring WWIII being really hot, it isn't likely to be applied to a Nation State within our lifetime since the Nation State of Israel currently owns most of it and happens to have fusion bombs to defend their claim. The territory that used to go by that name has been split into multiple entities and make up parts of several newer Nation States and two semi-autonomous "occupied territories." It is doubtful Gaza or the West Bank will make a serious claim to the name because the other would object. Might as well refer to Babylon or Persia in the present tense for all the sense it would make to speak of "Palestine." U.N. nonsense aside of course, propaganda is another thing and needs to relation to reality, those uses of the word are always in a "river to the sea" sense of rejecting the claim of Israel to exist.

    blowing up people on a regular basis are considered terrorism

    Nope. Terrorism is violence against civilians intended to cause political change. Nothing you mention qualifies. We attack combatants, their choice to violate the customary rules of war by hiding among civilian populations puts the legal blame for all collateral damage upon their heads. Second we have the tacit permission of Pakistan (regardless how freely they are in giving it.... war is messy) to conduct the operations. Third is the definition thing. Only a moron would claim we purposefully attack civilians with the intent of changing the political situation in Pakistan. For the basic reason the opinion of the people of Pakistan haven't the slightest influence on the rulers of the country, it would be a stupid strategy regardless of the moral questions about the policy. Terrorism can only be used as a tactic against representative forms of government for that reason.

    Of course, the list of countries where the US threatens or blows up people is a lot longer

    I think the term you are looking for is "gunboat diplomacy." This is why we don't need to use terrorism or most other 'unconventional warfare' methods, we spend (money we don't actually have of course) like crazy maintaining a conventional war machine about as big as the rest of the world combined.

    • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @02:08AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 05 2016, @02:08AM (#422713)

      can you clarify if you are some kind of retarded ignorant or just shilling?