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An American web hosting service removed on Thursday a website published
in recent days which listed the names, images, addresses, identity
numbers and positions of hundreds of IDF soldiers and commanders accused by the site's anonymous author of being "Israeli war criminals" during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza.
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The appearance of the site has raised new questions on holes in security
surrounding sensitive IDF information, although a number of soldiers
who were listed on the site said on Thursday that they were proud to
appear on it.
The list even included personal information on outgoing IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi.
"This Site has been suspended for breaching Zymic's hosting T.O.S.
[terms of service]," read a message which replace the site's content.
"You will not get away with abusing our service. We utilize human review
checking as well as automated abuse checks which will suspend and ban
your account. Don't bother wasting your time with our service if you aim
to abuse it," the message continued.
Yet despite being removed from its original address, copies of the
website continued to circulate around other sites around the Internet.
The site said it contained details of soldiers frmo "low-level field
commanders to the highest echelons of the Israeli army." The anonymous
author added that the information was "pirated."
"Not only did they perform on behalf of a murderous state mechanism but
actively encouraged other people to do the same," the site said. "They
bear a distinctive personal responsibility."
The site called on readers "to seek out other such similar information.
It is readily available in the public sphere and inside public
officials' locked cabinets."
"This project... has only just begun... Do your bit so that this virtual list may come to bear upon the physical."
Facebook on Thursday prevented users from posting the list on its global
social network, describing it as "blocked content that has previously
been flagged as abusive."