ADL Warns of Bogus Web Sites After Mock Version of Israeli Defense Page Appears
New York, NY, November 17, 2000 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued a warning to Internet users to be on alert for bogus or copycat Web sites attempting to spread misinformation about the current crisis in the Middle East.
The warning was prompted by the sudden appearance this week of a deceptive site masquerading as the official home of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
Using a URL incorporating the "Israel Defense Force" name, the bogus site features photos and graphics similar to those found on the real IDF site, but also contains incendiary rhetoric and negative depictions of Israeli soldiers. One statement reads: "We are happy to announce that we just killed 5 new babies." Another claims the motto of the IDF is to, "kill as many Palestinians as possible."
"The danger is that any unsuspecting person could stumble upon this site and believe it’s legitimate," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Someone could be convinced that this offensive parody is a legitimate site of the Israeli government when it is in fact a complete forgery."
ADL discovered the site as part of its routine Internet monitoring activities and immediately notified the IDF. The IDF has since taken several steps to warn users of the bogus site, including a message on its home page alerting users to the existence of imitators. IDF also has notified law enforcement in the United States and an investigation is underway. IDF’s official web site is located at www.idf.il.
An unknown individual registered the domain name for the bogus IDF site on November 9. The site has been traced to a computer user account in Los Angeles. ADL is attempting to notify the Internet service provider hosting the site.
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