By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Israel has been hacked - by the United States and by the United Kingdom.
A huge intelligence hack was exposed on Friday. The United States and England broke the computer codes of Israel's drones and fighter jets all the way back in 1998. And ever since then, they have literally had a "virtual seat in the cockpit" of Israel attacks.
They were watching the video of drone attacks and jet attacks.
The hack and the intelligence operation against Israel are called "Anarchist."
They hacked in and used the British air force base in the Troodos mountains in Cyprus as their listening center - it sits on the highest mountaintop in the region, Mt Olympus. This is the most elite intelligence hub in the entire array of British intelligence centers known as the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) intelligence agency.
From their mountaintop vantage point the United States and Great Britain were able to watch armed Israeli drones fire on their targets. As an aside, Israel is one the of the world's biggest producers and suppliers of drone technology and they have never admitted to having armed drones.
The leak of this hack is part of the Wikileaks that Ed Snowden stored and released.
According to the leak, the hack gave the United States the ability to read the drone monitors in real time as Israeli drones and fighter jets fired at their targets. And it is not a stretch to assume if they accessed the video, they could also INTERUPT the mission. So far there is only evidence that they observed, but they could also take control. That is the massive nature of the breach.
In Intel terms this is an "earthquake." Not simply because the United States is not supposed to spy on friends but because Israel's codes were cracked.
Yuval Steinitz, Israel's minister of energy, was quoted on Israel Army radio saying "I do not think that this is the deepest kingdom of secrets, but it is certainly something that should not happen, which is unpleasant. We will now have to look and consider changing the encryption, certainly." He continued "We know that the Americans spy on the whole world, and also on us, also on their friends."
Change the encryption codes. I would certainly say so. I would also add that Israel must rebuild their entire security system. Now!
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