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October 14, 2014 1

Florida Temple Latest Target For ISIS Sympathizing Hackers

Update — 10/15/14: ADL alerted Face­book about the “Team Sys­tem Dz”  Face­book page. The page was removed from Face­book by the fol­low­ing day. ADL applauds Facebook’s response to the hacker group’s effort to exploit its service. 

Last week, as Jews were cel­e­brat­ing the hol­i­day of Sukkot, a hacker group call­ing itself “Team Sys­tem Dz” attacked the web­site of Tem­ple Kol Ami Emmanu-El in South Florida, redi­rect­ing vis­i­tors to a page with mes­sages express­ing sup­port of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).team-system-dz-florida-temple-hackers

Vis­i­tors to the synagogue’s web­site were directed to state­ments in Eng­lish such as “I love you ISIS” and an Ara­bic state­ment promis­ing to “never for­get about the heroes of the Mus­lim Ummah [nation] who sac­ri­ficed their lives for the sake of God,” an appar­ent ref­er­ence to ISIS fight­ers. Vis­i­tors also saw an image of the Star of David crossed out next to the words, “F[ ] You Israel.

This inci­dent is the lat­est in a series of attacks against Jew­ish insti­tu­tional web­sites car­ried out by groups appar­ently based in the Mid­dle East and North Africa. While past hack­ing efforts against Jew­ish insti­tu­tions have focused on the Israeli Pales­tin­ian con­flict, more recent attacks against Jew­ish and non-Jewish tar­gets are being car­ried out in the name of ISIS.

“Team Sys­tem Dz” claimed credit for and bragged about its “hacks of Jew­ish web­sites espe­cially the web­site of the Miami tem­ple” on its Face­book page. The claim of credit noted that the attack “coin­cided with the time of one of the Jew­ish cel­e­bra­tions [and] cre­ated a big noise on media sites.” The group’s Face­book page also claims to have tar­geted other web­sites, includ­ing other Jew­ish and Israeli web­sites around the world.

Yes­ter­day the group threat­ened addi­tional attacks against Amer­i­can and Israeli web­sites. “…we will spend all the time for a mas­sive num­ber of attacks on Amer­i­can and Israeli web­sites, with God’s will they will be hacked. Curse upon Amer­ica and Israel.”

The group appears to be based in Alge­ria; its Face­book pro­file cover image includes the phrase “Proud to be Alger­ian” and other posts fea­ture Alger­ian flags and sym­bols. The “Dz” in the group’s name seems to be a ref­er­ence to the inter­net domain des­ig­na­tion for Alge­ria. Fur­ther­more, most announce­ments on the page are writ­ten in the Alger­ian Ara­bic dialect.

In addi­tion to “Team Sys­tem Dz,” the name “Jor­dan Earth­quake” in Ara­bic was also listed on the page that the temple’s vis­i­tors were redi­rected to.  “Jor­dan Earth­quake” appears to be a hacker closely affil­i­ated with “Team Sys­tem Dz.” Var­i­ous posts on the group’s Face­book page indi­cate that “Jor­dan Earth­quake” is a part­ner in sev­eral of its hack­ing operations.

The “Team Sys­tem Dz” Face­book page also con­tains mate­ri­als pre­pared by the media bureau of ISIS. The group’s Twit­ter han­dle uses sev­eral ISIS-related hash­tags and includes links to many media accounts about the temple’s website’s hacking.

Jew­ish web­sites in the U.S. have become a com­mon tar­get for hacker groups in the Arab and Mus­lim world. Below is a sam­pling of attacks launched by var­i­ous hacker groups against Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the U.S. in the past few years.

  • In July 2014, The Moroc­can Islamic Union-mail hacker group claimed respon­si­bil­ity for van­dal­iz­ing the web­sites of Jew­ish con­gre­ga­tions in Penn­syl­va­nia and Hous­ton with mes­sages in sup­port of Gaza.
  • In Decem­ber 2013, the Tunisia based group, Fal­laga, hacked the web­site of the Missouri-based Jew­ish Radio.
  • In July 2013, the web­site of a Jew­ish com­mu­nal high school pro­gram in upstate New York was hacked by a mem­ber of the Gaza Hack­ers Team. The web­site was defaced with anti-Israel messages.
  • In Decem­ber 2012, the Bangladesh Cyber Army hacker group tar­geted the web­site of a Tem­ple in Omaha and posted images depict­ing what the group called “Israel killing children.”

Other hacker groups like aljyyosh (“the armies” in Ara­bic) claim to have hacked into per­sonal infor­ma­tion belong­ing to Amer­i­can Jews and Israelis and pro­vided instruc­tions on how to hack into such per­sonal infor­ma­tion on their var­i­ous online forums.

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April 27, 2012 0

As Algeria Approaches Elections, Citizens are Warned of Zionist Interference

“Alge­ri­ans must vote because it is about Algeria’s sta­bil­ity, and it is about pre­serv­ing our coun­try from any for­eign inter­fer­ence,” a promi­nent Alger­ian cleric said in an inter­view with Reuters on April 25, adding that Zion­ists are among the con­spir­ers that seek to med­dle in domes­tic Arab affairs.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Sheikh Chemsed­dine Bouroubi added in his widely cir­cu­lated fatwa, or reli­gious decree, that those who do not vote in May 10 elec­tions will suf­fer divine retribution.

The North African nation-state has largely baf­fled Mid­dle East experts for suc­cess­fully rid­ing out the waves of pop­u­lar revolt that have become the sym­bol of the Arab Spring. Although the thir­teen year author­i­tar­ian rule of Pres­i­dent Abde­laziz Boute­flika did encounter a flash of pop­u­lar protest as rev­o­lu­tion swept across neigh­bor­ing Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, Boute­flika responded by offi­cially lift­ing the nation’s 19-year-old state of emer­gency and promises for grad­ual reforms.

Decrees demo­niz­ing Israel and Zion­ism, such as the one made by Sheikh Bouroubi, have his­tor­i­cally been used by author­i­tar­ian Arab states as the pre­ferred method of deflect­ing pop­u­lar dis­con­tent away from them­selves and onto the Jew­ish state.

In his fatwa, Bour­bouri tried to jus­tify his com­ments that Zion­ists intend to foment rev­o­lu­tion in Alge­ria by point­ing out that a Jew­ish French-Algerian played a role in per­suad­ing Pres­i­dent Sarkozy to help over­throw Muam­mar Qaddafi in Libya. “Lis­ten to what the Zion­ist Bernard-Henri Levy is say­ing: ‘Alge­ria is about to expe­ri­ence an Arab Spring very soon’… What he means by ‘Arab Spring’ is a rep­e­ti­tion of the Libyan sce­nario: blood, killings, destruction.”

Alge­ria emerged from a bloody and pro­longed civil war between the Islamic Sal­va­tion Front (FIS) and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment only when Pres­i­dent Boute­flika assumed power.

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