Israel launches cyber-war against Lebanon: Report

Israel launches cyber-war against Lebanon: Report
Fri Nov 29, 2013 18:11:05

A government committee in Lebanon says that Israel was spying in the country and that its devices had infiltrated UNIFIL and army networks, reports The Daily Star.

According to the report, the Committee on Assessing the Dangers of the Israeli Telecomm Towers in Lebanese Territory, delivered a detailed review of Israel’s latest spying activities, including recently erected spying stations.

The Telecommunications Ministry in Lebanon announced earlier this month that Israel had installed surveillance posts along the border with Lebanon capable of monitoring the entire country.

The review was attended by 27 foreign ambassadors, including those representing the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and the European Union as well as the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly, according to The Daily Star.

During the session, the committee said Israel was waging a “cyberwar” on Lebanon, which it violated the right of Lebanese to privacy, data confidentiality, safety and security, as well as the right of free access to information.

It added that such an “aggression” hurts the country’s economy, as it discourages investors and drives away capital, adding that confidence had already been shaken in both the public and private sectors.

Israel, according to the committee, infiltrated the Internet and the telecoms networks of the army, security forces and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon.

Israel has also expanded its network in 39 different sites along the border with Lebanon by erecting dozens of towers and hundreds of antennas directed at Lebanon, the committee said in its report.

“This review aims to show these countries [what Israel is doing] so they can help us in the international arena and in other ways to put an end to Israel’s spying,” Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah was quoted as having told reporters after the meeting.

Fadlallah said Israel was eavesdropping on the Lebanese through mobile phones, landlines and the Internet, and that UNIFIL’s transmissions and those of the Lebanese security forces were also exposed to espionage.

He added that the committee also showed a short film about the Israeli devices. Fadlallah said the technical committee also showed methods used by Israel to spy on UNIFIL and other embassies.


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