The Israeli Blogosphere recently got mixed up with the cyber-security scene, after a very high-profile (Well, internet-wise high profile at least) lawsuit has been charged against 26 people by Einav Gand Galili.
About a half a year ago, a lecture on cyber security and the deep web was given by Gand Galili and uploaded to the web. From here on now it is a matter for the courts: In the lecture Gand Galili speaks about and explains various aspects and terms about cyber security and other related material.
But, upon viewing the lecture, several people who claim they are in the know-how, said that Gand Galili is actually talking nonsense, and mixing up professional terms that have nothing to do with the subject at hand. They even claimed that she made up facts and that she was basing parts of her lecture on a presentation that was created as a hoax in the forums site 4chan,
It didn’t take long for Gand Galili to turn into an internet meme, going so far as to appear in late night’s TV show Tzinor Laila, a daily sum up of current net events airing on Israel’s Channel 10.
But, as internet memes tend to behave – the wind blows and another item swiftly takes that throne that nobody wants. But Gand Galili’s decided to fight back, and six months after what happened, she decided to take legal actions.
The 26 people listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit, are hailing from the anchorman of Tzinor Laila, to some underage bloggers, whose are being sued because they published, in their own personal pages, some memes relating to the affair.
The lawsuit also went into great detail on each meme or status that were published by those listed, and each of them, Gand Galili demands, needs to pay between 10,000 and 30,000 ILS.
Soon after (soon as in a few hours) the lawsuit got served, some web initiatives took place: A Google document was created to list all the errors and mistakes can be found in Gand Galili’s lecture, and also a crowd funding campaign started – to help the defendants with legal costs. The campaign page states that this is an example of a SLAPP suit, Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.
It took only a few hours for the campaign to get all the initial money it intended to raise, and so its managers set out extra goals, mainly helping other people to deal with such lawsuits. Upon writing this, the campaign has reached over 61,000 ILS, more than 200% than the sum needed, and it still has 8 days to go.
Why bother even writing about this? well, this issue, I feel, can give you an interesting insight into the importance of Cyber security and information security industry in Israel. Not getting into the matter itself (as this is now in the court’s hand, as I wrote before), many people who have been very active in this ‘social defending campaign’ are security experts.
A headline in one of our recent newsletters cited one such security expert saying about himself and his colleagues “we are in the scaremongering business”. And sometimes it may sound like that.
But it is one of the most important issues that everyone is facing: private and public sectors, small and large businesses, big time government officials and your next door neighbor – everyone uses computers, everyone uses the internet, everyone has information that they wish to protect.
This is why we started Cybernation – to give information and to cover this industry and all that surrounds it, and also try to give you, our readers, a look on it from a Israeli prospective.
We hope you’ll enjoy it.