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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Will Dutch police soon be stalking cybercriminals on your computer?

By Peter Teffer





The Netherlands is considering empowering Dutch law enforcement to access and control the computers of unconfirmed cybercriminals, even if those computers are outside of their jurisdiction


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THE HAGUE — (TCSM) Following a spate of high-profile cyberattacks on Dutch websites and services, the Netherlands is looking to give its police new tools to track down cybercriminals. Key among them? The power to investigate and take over any suspect's computer — even if it is not located in the Netherlands.

Last week, Dutch Minister for Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten proposed a new law that would allow law-enforcement officials to search suspects' computers — or even seize control of or disable them — even if these computers are outside of the Netherlands' territory.

"The existing legislation is out of date," the ministry wrote in a press release. Mr. Opstelten said the police need broader powers to disable botnets — collections of "zombie computers" from all over the world that are being used by cybercriminals to send spam or overload websites. Ordinary citizens might be part of a botnet without noticing anything other than their computers are running slower than normal.

A key difference with cybercrime, as opposed to the regular variety, is the sense that a criminal's physical presence is no longer necessary, explains Troels Oerting, head of the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. The center supports the police forces of the European Union's 27 member states.

"We are so used to the geographical link," says Mr. Oerting. "The perpetrators always had to be there. There will be a robber, a murderer, a drug dealer in the country. And if he escapes, we'll find him and extradite him." But a cybercriminal, he notes, might be operating from a remote country or a failed state where he cannot be found by local police forces.

A PRESSING CONCERN
Although Dutch police had been asking for broader powers in cyberspace for more than a year, the general public only recently became aware of the problems when the Netherlands came under a severe digital attack. Last month, several banks like ING and Rabobank, companies like KLM, and the governmental system for digital identification DigiD, suffered distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. DDoS attacks make a website unavailable by bombarding it with so many data requests that it becomes unable to respond.

Due to the attacks, many people were unable to pay digitally or access their accounts, sometimes for hours on end. Prospective students who wanted to enroll were unable to use DigiD for several days, as were other people who wanted to access government websites like the tax office with the digital passport.

The attacks were particularly concerning because the Dutch are one of the frontrunners in digital communication and using online services. Last year, 80 percent of Dutch citizens arranged their bank affairs online. Of the 27 EU member states, only Finland has a slightly higher percentage, at 82. The EU average is 40 percent, according to Eurostat.


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As for overall Internet access, Eurostat places the Netherlands as highest in the EU: 94 percent of its citizens are online, compared to the European average of 76.

So are the Dutch too dependent on the Internet? No, says Michel van Eeten, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Delft. "You would only answer yes to that question if the Internet gave us more damage than benefit. And it doesn't. Nobody is forcing us to do online banking on our mobile phones. The fact that many people vote with their feet, shows trust is high."

GOING TOO FAR?
But Mr. van Eeten says he has "mixed feelings" about the government's plan, which has been sent to several government organizations with requests for advice before it can be legislated further.

"In itself, it presents a straightforward argument. The procedure to get help from local police [in the territory where the cybercriminal is operating from] can sometimes be very time-consuming", he says.

"But in practice it means that the police will take over computers of people who have nothing to do with cyber attacks," van Eeten warns. "Snooping around in innocent people's computers in other countries, that's far-reaching. I'm not against law enforcement entering other computers, but there have to be procedures that guarantee honest use and accountability."

Also, he adds that it's a myth that most cyberattacks are carried out through servers in faraway places. "You'd think that cybercriminals only use computers in China or Russia, but in practice it's been proved that they use many servers in the West." He notes that last month's attacks in the Netherlands "originated mostly from the West." And a suspect in a large cyberattack on the antispam organization Spamhaus was recently arrested in Spain, another EU member.

And even countries with a bad reputation when it comes to allowing cybercrime, like Russia, have agreements with the Netherlands regarding legal assistance procedures. Van Eeten adds, "The Russian will not be amused with this proposal, which would allow Dutch police to violate Russia's sovereignty."

The Dutch lobby organization Bits of Freedom, which advocates online civil rights, is against the plan because the methods are "a breach of privacy," says Tim Toornvliet, spokesperson of the organization. Also, he thinks if the law is passed, it will give other countries the legitimization to also start cross-border hacking.

Van Eeten also warns of the precedent the law might set. "This law would legitimize any state using national security as an excuse for digital trespassing," he says. "The Netherlands will no longer have the right to lecture China on digital trespassing, because China's reason is also protection of national security."

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