Daily Archives: 13. September 2022


13.09.2022 - 16:29 [ Patrick Breyer / Chatkontrolle.de ]

Chatkontrolle: Die Abschaffung des Digitalen Briefgeheimnisses

Wie ist es soweit gekommen?

Die Europäische Kommission hat 2020 ein Gesetz auf den Weg gebracht, das es erlaubt, alle privaten Chats, Nachrichten und E-Mails verdachtslos und flächendeckend auf verbotene Darstellungen Minderjähriger und Anbahnungsversuche (Kontaktaufnahme zu Minderjährigen) zu durchsuchen. Das heißt: Facebook Messenger, Gmail & Co dürfen jede Kommunikation auf verdächtiges Text- und Bildmaterial scannen. Und zwar vollautomatisiert, durch den Einsatz von sog. ‘Künstlicher Intelligenz’ – ohne, dass ein Verdacht vorliegen muss. Meldet ein Algorithmus einen Verdachtsfall, werden alle Nachrichteninhalte und Kontaktdaten automatisch und ohne menschliche Prüfung an eine private Verteilstelle und weiter an Polizeibehörden weltweit geleitet. Die Betroffenen sollen nie davon erfahren.

Einige US-Dienste wie GMail und Outlook.com praktizieren diese automatische Nachrichten- und Chatkontrolle bereits. Verschlüsselte Nachrichten sind zurzeit noch ausgenommen.

Die EU-Kommission will mit einem zweiten Gesetz nun alle Anbieter zum Einsatz dieser Technologie verpflichten.

13.09.2022 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

The Magic Number Aaron Judge, Benjamin Netanyahu and Yair Lapid Are All Chasing

A few days removed from the hysteria of an impending nuclear deal with Iran, the political-media ecosystem is now obsessing about splits and mergers. 
On the right, there was a split in the minuscule, spare-parts junkyard party Zionist Spirit (formerly Naftali Bennett’s political home when it was named Yamina).

If you read the verbose stories with their endless gossipy details about who exactly instigated the dissolution, you’d think this was on the scale of the Southern secession in 1861 or the divisions of Germany and Korea in 1945. Of the 9.5 million Israelis, it is hard to imagine anyone – other than the immediate families of those involved, plus maybe another 500 politicians and journalists – caring about this split.

13.09.2022 - 10:30 [ Haaretz ]

How Mossad Chief Got Arnon Milchan to Boost Music Career of Oligarch’s Daughter

(13.02.2019)

On a summer evening about a decade ago, an unusual group entered the spacious Israeli beach house home of Israeli Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. His guest at his home in Beit Yanai, to which he had made a special trip from his home in Los Angeles especially for the meeting, was Meir Dagan, the director at the time of Israel’s Mossad espionage agency.

Also in attendance was a Russian oligarch close to President Vladimir Putin and the oligarch’s young daughter. They were joined by several others as well.

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While he was head of the Mossad, Dagan viewed the development of close ties with Russia, with Putin and with his close circle of associates as a strategic goal, and he accompanied the Israeli prime ministers under whom he served — Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Netanyahu — in their meetings with the president of Russia.

13.09.2022 - 10:04 [ Haaretz ]

Not Just Gifts: Aide Testifies Milchan Gave Cash to Netanyahus

Hadas Klein, personal assistant to Arnon Milchan, testified on Monday that former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested and received 3,000 shekels (about $900) in cash from tycoon Arnon Milchan, and that she bought his wife Sara a gift for 15,000 shekels with Milchan’s funds, also in cash. These details do not appear in the indictment, and it is the first time a claim has been presented that Netanyahu received cash from Milchan.

13.09.2022 - 09:37 [ GreekReporter.com ]

European Parliament Probes Wiretapping Scandal in Greece

(09.09.2022)

Triantafillou reportedly observed that official investigations into privacy breaches seem to move slowly while investigations into media leaks move much faster.

MEPs agreed on the need to urgently investigate spyware companies, pointing to the risk of evidence destruction.

They highlighted the negative consequences for democracy, media freedom, and freedom of expression.

13.09.2022 - 09:28 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli-made Spyware Was Used to Hack Phone of Greek Ex-minister

(09.09.2022)

Intellexa is run by a former Israeli military intelligence official Tal Dilian. The company was based in Cyprus until a year and a half ago, when it moved to Greece.

Predator is very similar to the infamous Pegasus spyware made by the competing and more famous cyber firm NSO Group. Like Pegasus, it allows the operator to access the entire contents of the target’s phone, as well as secretly activating its camera and phone and recording.

13.09.2022 - 09:24 [ Euractiv.com ]

Another Greek opposition lawmaker victim of Predator

(09.09.2022)

A parliamentary inquiry committee set up to investigate the scandal has not brought any results considering that the former secret services chief and the prime minister’s secretary general, who both resigned after the scandal, refused to explain the reasons for spying on the Greek opposition leader.

Main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras warned on Thursday that those who invoke “confidentiality” to cover up crimes “face criminal charges”.

13.09.2022 - 08:47 [ Haaretz ]

Blinken Says Iran’s Demands Make Nuclear Deal ‚Unlikely‘ for Now

„What we’ve seen over the last week or so in Iran’s response to the proposal put forward by the European Union is clearly a step backward and makes prospects for an agreement in the near term, I would say, unlikely,“ Blinken said in a visit to Mexico City.

13.09.2022 - 08:41 [ Haaretz ]

‚Sensitive‘ Israeli Intelligence on Iranian Nuke Program Shifting the Tide, Israeli Official Says

According to a diplomatic source, Prime Minister Yair Lapid presented the Germans with intelligence that ‚proves the Iranians are cheating as we speak,‘ claiming the Americans‘ hardened their stance in response to the information