Morning Security Brief: OpIsrael Picks Up, Taliban Leaks E-mail List, Portland Security Officers Plan Strike, and More

By Carlton Purvis

►OpIsrael, the cyberwar declared on Israel by Anonymous, is in full swing. The Israeli government says more than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on government Web sites since its Gaza offensive began. Defense-related sites have been targeted the most. Anonymous has posted a list of around 700 targets, including the Kadima Party and Bank of Jerusalem Web sites. Israel is taking the attacks in stride. From Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz: "We are enjoying the fruits of our investment in recent years in developing computerized defense systems."

►Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi accidentally revealed the group’s entire mailing list after he publicly CC’d the more than 400 e-mail addresses. The e-mail contained a press release “but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public,” ABC News reports. The list included academics, legislators, and mostly journalists. So far, no media outlets have made the list public.

►Security officers at the Port of Portland will strike if contracts aren’t settled by the end of this week, tying up millions of dollars worth of cargo on Black Friday. “If the officers strike, damage to Oregon's economy could be far greater than fallout last summer, when a union dispute snarled cargo and truck traffic, leading container vessels to bypass Portland and unions and employers to sue one another,” The Oregonian reported.

►In other news, LifeHacker features a video showing how to break out of wrist binding zip ties. ♦ Cuba will host peace talks between Colombia and the FARC in an attempt to end Latin America's longest-running uprising. ♦ Seven of the 14 Mexican police officers accused of attacking a U.S. embassy vehicle in August will go to trial. There will be a later ruling on whether the other seven will go to trial. It was originally thought that the attack was an accident, but authorities are learning toward a theory that suggests the attack was planned by a cartel. ♦ And an overnight air strike in Gaza raised the civilian death toll to 50.


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