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  • Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

    Just to remind you, Check Point Software Technologies is the owner of ZoneAlarm firewall. This article states that Checkpoint was founded by members of the Israeli Mossad Hi-Tech Intelligence Unit. This company has also been proscribed from winning sensitive US government contracts as it is believed to be a front for Israeli Intelligence. Would you trust such a firewall which could be leaking such information to the Israelis?


    http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1029006.html

    Is Israel's booming high-tech industry a branch of the Mossad?
    By Yossi Melman

    In 2006 the Check Point Software Technologies company, which specializes in protecting computer systems from hackers and data theft, wanted to acquire an American company called Sourcefire, which works in the same field. The great advantage of Sourcefire was that its clients include the American Defense Department and the National Security Agency. The U.S. administration, however, by means of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, did not approve the acquisition.

    The committee made its decision based on an opinion by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NSA security officers. The two organizations were afraid that Check Point, which was founded by Gil Shwed and fellow graduates of Unit 8200, the Israel Defense Forces' high-tech intelligence unit, would have access to top-secret information, which it could pass on to Israel's intelligence community.

    The fear and suspicion currently is directed not only toward Check Point, but also other Israeli high-tech companies like Verint, Comverse, NICE Systems and PerSay Voice Biometrics, some of which work in data mining and engage in software development for tapping telephones, fax machines, e-mail and computer communications.

    The above accusations come from journalist and writer James Bamford, whose new book, "The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America" (Doubleday), came out this week in the United States.

    Bamford, a former producer for the ABC television network, has spent the last 30 years writing about the NSA - one of the most important and least-known intelligence agencies in the United States, but usually in the shadow of the Central Intelligence Agency. The NSA is responsible for eavesdropping on telephones, fax machines and computers; intercepting communications and electromagnetic signals from radar equipment, aircraft, missiles, ships and submarines; and decoding transmissions and cracking codes. It has contributed immeasurably to U.S. intelligence and national security.

    In this respect, the United States resembles Israel: Successes attributed to the Mossad should often be credited to other intelligence units - first and foremost Unit 8200, the Israeli equivalent of the NSA.

    This is Bamford's third book, and it affords a look into the mazes of the NSA. In 1982 the Justice department threatened to prosecute him for revealing agency secrets in his first book, "The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Intelligence Organization." In his second book, "Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency," he described the NSA with a great deal of enthusiasm, which made him the organization's hero of the day. The NSA even organized a party in his honor at headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. His new book, which is critical of the NSA, has sent him back to his starting point.

    Bamford's main thesis is that before September 11, 2001, the agency failed along with other intelligence agencies in understanding the Al-Qaida threat, even though it had intercepted members' phone calls and e-mails. This stemmed in part from excessive caution for upholding laws and respecting citizens' privacy. In April 2000, then-NSA director general Michael Hayden (currently the director of the CIA), vividly described to a Congressional committee how, if at that very moment Osama bin Laden were to step onto the Peace Bridge at Niagara Falls and cross into the United States, "my people must respect his rights."

    After the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the organization swung over to the other extreme. According to Bamford, since September 11 the NSA has had no compunctions about violating the Constitution and has been eavesdropping on American citizens.

    One of the outstanding examples in the book, which has been well-covered in the American media, is the fact that the NSA has listened in on bedroom conversations of journalists, military officers and officials serving in Iraq. The NSA may eavesdrop on and intercept transmissions outside the United States, but cannot do so to American citizens without a court order.

    Another of Bamford's important assertions, which also concerns Israel, is that the largest telephony and communications companies in the United States - in fact all of them except QWEST - have cooperated with the NSA, allowing it to tap their lines and optic fibers.

    The above-mentioned Israeli companies and others are important software and technology suppliers for not only the American telephony companies, but for the NSA itself. Bamford claims that 80 percent of all American telephone transmissions are conducted by means of the Israeli companies' technology, know-how and accessibility. Thus, Bamford believes, the American intelligence community is exposing itself to the risk that the Israeli companies will access its most secret and sensitive digital information.


    Bamford does not provide any backing for this thesis; he only points to a circumstantial relationship. The Israeli companies were largely established by graduates of 8200, and therefore he says they are connected by their umbilical cords to Israeli intelligence, and their CEOs and boards of directors include senior Shin Bet officials like Arik Nir or former Mossad chief Ephraim Halevy (Nir is the CEO of Athlone Global Security, a hedge fund that has invested inter alia in PerSay Voice Biometrics, and Ephraim Halevy is a member of the Athlone Advisory Board).

    To put it mildly, Bamford has no love lost for Israel. In his articles, he publishes claims by American Navy officials who believe Israel maliciously attacked the American spy ship Liberty during the 1967 Six-Day War. He holds that the September 11 attack did not stem from radical Islam's basic hatred of America, but rather from its anger at the United States' support for Israel. He calls the nineteen September 11 terrorists "soldiers" and describes them with a great deal of sympathy - Davids who "only" demolished four airplanes of the American Goliath.

    In this context, and apparently because of his deep hostility, Bamford asserts that in light of the problematic record of Israel, which did not hesitate to spy against America on American soil, Israeli companies should not have been given the keys to the kingdom of America's secrets. His attitude toward Israel apparently pushes him over the psychological brink, as his book hardly mentions the close cooperation between the two countries' intelligence communities, mainly in the war against international jihad terror or in monitoring Iran.
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  • #2
    Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

    http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquir...-spying-on-you

    Is your firewall spying on you?

    Zone Alarm gets rumbled

    By Paul Hales in Jerusalem

    IT'S OBVIOUS, REALLY, that the best way of penetrating users' PCs to see what they get up to online would be to become a Firewall maker.

    Like, when I wanted a Firewall and was too tight to pay for one, I turned to Checkpoint's little freebie Zone Alarm. It sits there between you and the Internet and lets you know when someone's trying to sneak in through your backdoor or when a program you're running tries to connect to the Web for no apparent reason. When you're as techie as me - not very - you just have to trust it.

    Of course, Checkpoint's an Israeli company and as a foreign journalist working in Israel you know the hyperactive security services here would like to keep tabs on you. And you know that they do. It has been confirmed to me by a security sources here that mobile phone conversations I have had have been listened to - and in circumstances which I won't reveal, the contents of a call I have been involved in have actually been relayed back to me.

    It's part of the game - like the airport interrogation, or the surreptitious copying of your notepad while you're off having a body search. You know what goes on but you have a job to do and just get on with it - hoping that what you get up to in the legitimate pursuit of your business won't upset anyone to the extent that they'll come break your door down and cart you off somewhere.

    Now, the handsomely-named Mr Cringely has revealed that a colleague of his at Infoworld noticed that Zone Alarm 6.0 was sneakily sending off data to four different servers. Cringely says that Zone Labs (acquired by Checkpoint in March of 2004) at first denied the activity for a couple of months before deciding the software had a "bug" even though, as he points out, "the instructions to contact the servers were set out in the program's XML code."

    The company says it will fix the "bug" soon. In the meantime you can work around it by adding:

    # Block access to ZoneLabs Server
    127.0.0.1 zonelabs.com
    to your Windows host file.

    The "bug" seems to be present in the retail version of Zone Alarm, so there's no telling what the freebie gets up to. We called Checkpoint here in Israel to find out, but were referred to a US spokeszoner. Trouble is they'll all be in bed there on this sunny Sunday morning.
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    • #3
      Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

      A good alternative to the Israeli ZoneAlarm firewall is Comodo Firewall, which was voted most secure firewall last year:

      http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/
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      • #4
        Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

        comodo is very good

        but how can i tell?
        .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
        نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
        دولة الإسلامية باقية





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        • #5
          Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

          https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
          .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
          نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
          دولة الإسلامية باقية





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          • #6
            Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

            Interesting, no wonder ZoneAlarm was first firewall to be given away for "free" while others had to charge big subscriptions.

            Anyway, whats your opinion on AVG? Its Free and has worked like a charm so far, not 1 virus or glitch Alhamdulilah
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            • #7
              Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

              comodo has a complete suite
              .لا نريد زعيما يخاف البيت الإبيض
              نريد زعيما يخاف الواحد الأحد
              دولة الإسلامية باقية





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              • #8
                Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                Originally posted by usman3 View Post
                Interesting, no wonder ZoneAlarm was first firewall to be given away for "free" while others had to charge big subscriptions.

                Anyway, whats your opinion on AVG? Its Free and has worked like a charm so far, not 1 virus or glitch Alhamdulilah
                If you do install AVG, make sure you disable Link Scanner and Resident Shield, they slow your PC down to a crawl. For added protection, install Avira anti-virus as these two programs do not conflict with each other.
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                • #9
                  Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                  Originally posted by cyber_abdullah View Post
                  http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquir...-spying-on-you

                  Is your firewall spying on you?

                  Zone Alarm gets rumbled

                  By Paul Hales in Jerusalem

                  IT'S OBVIOUS, REALLY, that the best way of penetrating users' PCs to see what they get up to online would be to become a Firewall maker.

                  Like, when I wanted a Firewall and was too tight to pay for one, I turned to Checkpoint's little freebie Zone Alarm. It sits there between you and the Internet and lets you know when someone's trying to sneak in through your backdoor or when a program you're running tries to connect to the Web for no apparent reason. When you're as techie as me - not very - you just have to trust it.

                  Of course, Checkpoint's an Israeli company and as a foreign journalist working in Israel you know the hyperactive security services here would like to keep tabs on you. And you know that they do. It has been confirmed to me by a security sources here that mobile phone conversations I have had have been listened to - and in circumstances which I won't reveal, the contents of a call I have been involved in have actually been relayed back to me.

                  It's part of the game - like the airport interrogation, or the surreptitious copying of your notepad while you're off having a body search. You know what goes on but you have a job to do and just get on with it - hoping that what you get up to in the legitimate pursuit of your business won't upset anyone to the extent that they'll come break your door down and cart you off somewhere.

                  Now, the handsomely-named Mr Cringely has revealed that a colleague of his at Infoworld noticed that Zone Alarm 6.0 was sneakily sending off data to four different servers. Cringely says that Zone Labs (acquired by Checkpoint in March of 2004) at first denied the activity for a couple of months before deciding the software had a "bug" even though, as he points out, "the instructions to contact the servers were set out in the program's XML code."

                  The company says it will fix the "bug" soon. In the meantime you can work around it by adding:

                  # Block access to ZoneLabs Server
                  127.0.0.1 zonelabs.com
                  to your Windows host file.

                  The "bug" seems to be present in the retail version of Zone Alarm, so there's no telling what the freebie gets up to. We called Checkpoint here in Israel to find out, but were referred to a US spokeszoner. Trouble is they'll all be in bed there on this sunny Sunday morning.
                  LOL! Are you joking or are you really this paranoid!?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                    Ok does that mean we can pirate this software?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                      Originally posted by SunniHammer View Post
                      Ok does that mean we can pirate this software?
                      No, because it still has the relevent code to spy on you.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                        Originally posted by cyber_abdullah View Post
                        No, because it still has the relevent code to spy on you.
                        ok

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                        • #13
                          Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                          My personal opinion is that ZoneAlarm is good for some computers because of its low requirements. But I think that as technology evolves, we should evolve too and use latest versions of some good protection systems such as Kaspersky 7.0 http://www.trustdownload.com/Antivirus-and-Spyware-Cleaners/Antivirus/Kaspersky-Internet-Security-7.0.html.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                            Zone Alarm is rubbish anyway. :rofl1:

                            McCafee is class.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Alert: ZoneAlarm Firewall created by Israeli Mossad agents

                              Originally posted by Rocky Balboa View Post

                              McCafee is class.
                              The worst piece of software you can have. Avast is the way forward.

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