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Raid on E-tebbe, part 2

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Sunday, 19 November 2000

FBI NIPC RECENTLY warned of a possible worldwide spillover of cyber-genocide in the Gaza region. Self-appointed hacker-turned-diplomat Mikael Bouzaglo took a stand — he put down his kiddie scripts and "called on his comrades to stop attacking Arab sites."

Self-appointed hacker-turned-diplomat Mikael Bouzaglo dreams of becoming a politician. (Think of him as Israel's "Jess e-Jackson.") He put down his kiddie scripts and "called on his comrades to stop attacking Arab sites."

Think of Bouzaglo as Israel's "Jess e-Jackson." He nobly seeks to postpone armageddon.

We gotta take a look at this Bouzaglo character, folks. Cub reporter Avi Machlis at The Standard actually wrote the following passage:

Bouzaglo [originally] set out to humiliate Hezbollah, the Lebanese guerrilla movement in solidarity with the Palestinian cause. He stocked up on pizza and cola and sat down at his keyboard. He encountered surprisingly tough fortifications around the Hezbollah computer systems. After 19 hours, Bouzaglo said, he finally outwitted them and wrested control of a mirror site at Hizballa.org. Then, as if conquering a hill after a bloody battle, Bouzaglo planted on the site an Israeli flag and an audio file that played the Jewish state's national anthem...

As the virtual war intensified and attracted increasing interest from the local and international media, Bouzaglo was torn. His instincts warned him not to go public. Hackers around the world operate in the shadows of cyberspace and almost never show their faces. But Bouzaglo dreams of becoming a politician for Israel's right-wing Likud party. Putting on a pressed shirt and dark tie, he took to the airwaves everywhere, from Israel radio and television to CNN. He since has become something of a celebrity and recently spoke before an Internet committee in the Knesset.

I swear I didn't make this stuff up. Machlis is clueless.

Well, perhaps not totally clueless. "According to one Israeli familiar with his work, Bouzaglo isn't a top-tier hacker. He didn't serve in the Israeli army's crack computer unit, where many Israeli computer experts cut their teeth. Instead, his service as a firefighter in Israel, where fires are few and far between, left him with plenty of time to tinker on his laptop and teach himself Java and HTML."

Okay, so Bouzaglo is uniquely qualified to deal with the flaming monitor virus. He doesn't strike me as a top-tier politician, though. "Bouzaglo agrees that Israel's networks are vulnerable. 'In this war,' he says, 'the Arab hackers will win.' "

C'mon, would you vote for this guy if your country's infrastructure depended on it? He sounds more French than Israeli. No wonder the army discharged him.