Mr Vaizey goes to Israel - to see how it's done

March 1, 2012

Ed Vaizey, Britain's Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, is to lead a high-powered business delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories next week.

Representatives from some of the UK's top creative and media companies including BBC Worldwide, Ogilvy, Samsung and Albion will accompany him.


UK courts fail to block fake website

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The UK's courts service has admitted it is "powerless" to challenge a copycat website that features a swastika in its logo and accuses the UK judiciary of behaving "like a bunch of fascists".

A spokesman for Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service made it clear that a website, "" was not associated with them, despite containing links to official sites and having been des


Author publishes new book on Facebook first

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

An Israeli writer has decided to bypass traditional methods of publishing and print his work on Facebook.

Russian-born Alex Epstein, who moved to Israel as a child, is an award winning author and has enjoyed literary success with two collections of short stories.


Hacker turns cyber soldier for the IDF

By Marc Goldberg, February 16, 2012

The Israel Defence Force is employing a former hacker to improve the security of its computer systems.

Known only as "Daniel", the new addition to the IDF is serving in a cyber-warfare unit in the Israeli Air Force, according to an IDF announcement on its website.

The 27-year-old has been writing code since the age of 12 and is now responsible for investigating security breaches.


Pupils hack a day off school

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

Most pupils watching the first flakes of snow cross their fingers, hoping that their school will close the next day.

But as the snow fell earlier this month, some JFS pupils went to extraordinary lengths to make sure they got a "snow day".

As snow fell on February 4, parents who looked at the school website were informed that "school will remain open as normal".

But within hours a hack, k


Web wars break out in cyberspace

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 19, 2012

Repeated attacks by Saudi Arabian hackers on Israeli websites and the hacking of Israeli credit-card details has led to a series of tit-for-tat attacks.

The round of cyberwarfare began two and a half weeks ago when a Saudi hacker with the web nickname 0XOmar posted 15,000 Israeli credit-card numbers and passwords.


Israel warns of new Middle East battleground

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

Israel's Intelligence Minister has called for a truce in the burgeoning cyber war between Israeli and Arab hackers.

Dan Meridor said that "individual initiatives by Israeli hackers to attack Saudi hackers, or hackers from anywhere else for that matter, are ineffective".


Apple takes a bite out of Israeli tech company

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2012

Technology giant Apple has confirmed the purchase of an Israeli company after several weeks of speculation.

Anboit Ltd, which makes a flash memory component that can be used in iPhone’s and iPad’s, was bought by Apple for more than £250 million.

The sale, the first time Apple has acquired an Israeli company, was confirmed by Apple spokesman Steve Dowling.


Israeli strikes blow in Middle East hacking war

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2012

An Israeli hacker has decided to fight fire with fire.

After the bank account details of thousands of Israelis were leaked online by someone claiming to be a Saudi hacker, the Israeli decided to disclose information about hundreds of Saudis, Egyptians and Syrians. The information included bank details but also email addresses and telephone numbers.


Israeli drug campaign uses Facebook timeline

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

An Israeli media agency has launched an eye-catching campaign for the Israel Anti-Drug Authority, imagining the Facebook history of a drug user compared with what would have happened if he had stayed clean.

McCann Digital Israel has used Facebook's latest redesign, the Timeline format, to show a year in pictures of the life of "Adam Barak".