"Within a few years, the Israeli espionage industry has become the spearhead of the global commerce in surveillance tools and communications interception. Today, every self-respecting governmental agency that has no respect for the privacy of its citizens, is equipped with spy capabilities created in Herzliya Pituah."
What was pointed here was an country government's agency, not ethnicity. I see nothing wrong in including that information and in, in fact, in favor of it.
This way, it's possible to have a grasp of what govts. are doing what, even though not much.
if it were American companies doing this, people wouldn't question the headline.
the truth is, nationality matters. not all countries would permit a private intelligence sector to exist like this, or perform these types of services. understanding that the israeli government permits this behavior helps contextualize their complicity.
1. “Jewish” is not a race, it's a religion.
2. How do we know, and what does it matter, how religious those people are?
Given the discrimination the Beta Israel have faced; particularly the sterilization controversy; it's important to recognize the ethnic diversity of the jewish community, lest some parts of it be forgotten and erased.
> As he paced around the restaurant waiting for the check, Lambert refused to answer questions about who he worked for or why no trace of his firm could be found.
My god. This would be perfect comedy if wasn't so concerning that it happened at all.
> Teller ended the meeting by standing up in a huff, but his attempt at a dramatic exit was marred by the fact that he was wearing Rollerblades. He wobbled to the door in silence. “Then there was this awkward moment of him fumbling with his I.D. badge, trying to get the door to open,” Kemper said. “It felt like it lasted an hour. We were all trying not to laugh. Even while it was happening, I knew we were all thinking the same thing: Can we use this?” In the end, the joke was deemed “too hacky to use on the show.”
This obviously doesn't mean anything, but the IPs associated with cpw-consulting.com are riddled with malware.
CBC's investigative journalists have used this extensively, in all sorts of scam/fraud/corruption investigations, if you watch the past twenty years of output from The Fifth Estate and other reputable documentary series.
The Citizen Lab researchers would be smart to bring pocket sized recording devices with them to meet with these sketchy characters, and then publish the results.
But the general thrust of what you're saying is true. Phone calls, and interviews or conversations in public can be.
Influence and counter-influence operations: https://www.rand.org/topics/information-operations.html
A pity, though not surprising that they are being targeted this way. This sort of thing happens all the time with many of the NGOs we provide security for. Many of the infiltration attempts are much more sophisticated though, with far wider efforts to build better cover.
In addition to presumably being a more direct / original source, this doesn't appear to have a paywall like the NY Times site.
No matter what we think, for them its perfectly reasonable to get even and to protect their thing. Watch our for drugs slipped in your car or whatever. Setting you up is extremely easy
Who goes to a meeting with a stranger and spills the beans on "work drama"?
2. At the end of the day, I need to trust people coming on my team :)
A lot of the questions seemed like really obvious "Hey can you give me a list of information that will allow me to manipulate you, and the people around you?"
2. Assumption that the guy fled the country ASAP as soon a he was spooked
Face recognition, unless they passed the border at the only remaining paper only checkpoint in the country
Look at these stars of intelligence:
> After dessert arrived, the AP reporters approached Lambert at his table and asked him why his company didn't seem to exist.
> He seemed to stiffen.
> "I know what I'm doing," Lambert said, as he put his files — and his pen — into a bag. Then he stood up, bumped into a chair and walked off, saying "Ciao" and waving his hand, before returning because he had neglected to pay the bill.
He knows what he's doing hahaha. It's like a scene from Burn After Reading.
Was dumping the DNC mail server to Wikileaks investigative journalism? Or an act of war?
You see this work as merely exposing cyberintrusions. However, for the powers in question, this constitutes harming or disabling strategic intelligence capabilities. At this point shit gets real.
First of all it would be legal for Citizen Lab to do the exact same thing exposing abuses of the Canadian government. As a Canadian I would expect them to if they discovered the Canadian government doing the exact same thing. This is something protected by internationally and nationally (Canada) recognized rights of free speech, not a crime.
Second acts of wars are between countries, the concept doesn't even make sense here. Citizen lab is not a government.
Sure it can always be that their vetting-process is shit -- but I doubt that a real intelligence agency would create such an easily falsifiable legend. From what I have read about the topic there are whole departments dedicated only to the task of building robust identities, companies and so on [these companies wouldn't only have existed on paper].
Retributions are also not very likely (at least in Canada). Anything that would attract the ire of the local or federal police and further endangers other operations in the country in question are very unlikely for such an insignificant target. Even at the height of the cold war keeping agents undercover was considered more important than conducting operations.
Taking steps to intimidate a citizen because your spy screwed up is an act of war, but not by the citizen.
Creepy people with seemingly fragile LinkedIn profiles setup meetings to ask questions in fancy hotels and restaurants.
It could be something, it could be nothing. Either way the story doesn’t seem to provide much one way or another. Maybe it’s just me, not expecting James Bond but some evidence of something sinister would have made this more compelling
Multiple people collaborating in a campaign to collect information or compromising material on Citizen Lab seems like something (regardless of whether they are sophisticated or well funded)
The problem with this sort of smoke and mirrors business is that it's borderline impossible to tell an appropriately-sophisticated adversary from paranoia.