ISRAEL - Cybersecurity Blessings and Curses from Israel

J. Froese

Microsoft and Citizen Lab said that an Israeli company named Candiru is behind two Windows zero-day exploits that have been used to infect and deploy a never-before-seen spyware strain on the devices of at least 100 victims, including politicians, human rights activists, journalists, academics, embassy workers and political dissidents.

Founded in 2014, the company is part of Israel’s burgeoning cybersecurity scene, where it has provided offensive capabilities to governments across the world.

Named DevilsEye, this tool is a Windows malware strain with spyware capabilities that can allow Candiru’s clients full access to an infected device once the tool has been deployed on a target’s Windows system.

In a separate blog post, Cristin Goodwin—General Manager, Digital Security Unit, echoed Microsoft’s previous call to action against companies like Candiru, which have been observed selling cyber arms to abusive regimes for years. These governments have often been seen using these hacking tools against civil society members instead of espionage or tracking criminals.

-therecord.media, 15 July 2021

Commentary

We continuously note the many blessings the world receives from industrious Israelis. Over and again, Israel’s advances in agriculture, healthcare, disaster recovery, intelligence, and the defense industry (to name a few) have benefited countries around the world.

Lately, we are seeing the ascendancy of Israel’s cybersecurity industry. Technology developed in Israel is protecting computers all over the world. However, as the article above and a recent article on the Committee to Protect Journalists’ website titled, “Botswana police use Israeli Cellebrite tech to search another journalist’s phone,” as well as other reports of the misuse of the technology from Israel’s NSO Group by repressive governments, all demonstrate that these tools are not always used for good. 

We do well to remember the lesson of Balaam: “thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed…I cannot go beyond the word of the LORD my God, to do less or more” (Numbers 22:12b, 18b). (By J. Froese)

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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