Microsoft Strikes Israeli Software
Bab·y·lon [noun] : In the Book of Revelation, the name of a whore who rules over the kings of the earth and rides upon a seven-headed beast. "Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth." Revelations 17:5
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Babylon is loose change in this market. An offshoot of Golden Pages, the Israeli business phone directory company, Amdocs develops, implements and manages software and services for business support systems, including billing, customer relationship management, and for operations support systems. If your phone company is AT&T, BT Group, Sprint, T-Mobile, Vodafone, Bell Canada, Telus, Rogers Communications, Telekom Austria, Cellcom, Comcast, DirecTV, Elisa Oyj, TeliaSonera or O2-Ireland, then Israel has access to much of your communications and bills, including credit cards numbers. Another key member is Check Point, a provider of software and combined hardware and software products for IT security, including network security, endpoint security, data security and security management. In other words, the supermarket near your home probably uses products from this giant to secure its transactions. Israel has access to all of them.
Despite their claiming differently, governments don't care about such thefts. Eventually, they get their taxes, be it from Google or Babylon. Thus, citizens have no chance of being protected by their government. Oddly enough, out of selfish considerations, giant corporations decided to help us, the people. (Is this the first time in history that this has happened?).
By now, most readers probably have a vague feeling of déjà vu. Where did they hear of similarly questionable behavior? Mark Zuckerberg admitted robbing the technologies and design principles that led to the creation of Facebook; he paid many millions to the robbed authors. There may be a common cultural background issue here. The browser-hijacking companies abovementioned are considered nothing but robbers by the giants developing our browsers. Microsoft and Google don't like them; every dollar earned by these robbers is one less dollar in their pockets. Their first reaction came in early 2012, when Google announced that it would not search within pornography or download sites through toolbars installed on a user's browser by an application they have downloaded. On October, Google changed its software downloading policy for those advertising on Google services, requiring advertisers to obtain the express permission of users—called "opt-in"—before downloading software. The Israeli companies subsequently reported between 15 and 20% losses in their revenues.
Hours before Christmas 2012, other giant reacted. Users of Microsoft's Internet Explorer were notified that the home page and other settings of the browser had been adjusted, so that external software would not be changed without the users' knowledge; the changes this time were aimed specifically at the practices of the abovementioned companies. Would Israeli browser-hijacking companies continue taking money from the pockets of the innocents?
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