To accomplish the trick, the researchers used a microphone to record the noises made by the computer, then ran that audio through filters to isolate the vibrations made by the electronic internals during the decryption process. With that accomplished, some cryptanalysis revealed the encryption key in around an hour. Because the vibrations in question are so small, however, you need to have a high-powered mic or be recording them from close proximity. The researchers found that by using a highly sensitive parabolic microphone, they could record what they needed from around 13 feet away, but could also get the required audio by placing a regular smartphone within a foot of the laptop. Additionally, it turns out they could get the same information from certain computers by recording their electrical ground potential as it fluctuates during the decryption process.
Of course, the researchers only cracked one kind of RSA encryption, but they said that there’s no reason why the same method wouldn’t work on others — they’d just have to start all over to identify the specific sounds produced by each new encryption software. Guess this just goes to prove that while digital security is great, but it can be rendered useless without its physical counterpart. So, should you be among the tin-foil hat crowd convinced that everyone around you is a potential spy, waiting to steal your data, you’re welcome for this newest bit of food for your paranoid thoughts.
The Alma Lounge restaurant in Tel Aviv’s Alma Hotel has won the Culinary Excellence Award at the 2013 World Boutique Hotel Awards ceremony.
The restaurant offers a unique menu created by chef Yonatan Roshfeld and is owned by businesspeople Adi and Irit Strauss.
According to the Boutique Hotel Awards website, “Alma Lounge offers bohemian chic décor that remains as interesting and appealing as the food.”
The only Israeli hotel to make it to the list of finalists, Alma competed for the title against six boutique hotels from around the world.
Under gray and rainy skies, without fanfare, history was made in Israel on Tuesday with the inauguration in Tel Aviv of the country’s first memorial to victims of the Nazis that commemorates not only their suffering as Jews. After Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney and San Francisco, Tel Aviv now has a memorial to the thousands of people who were persecuted by the Nazis for their sexual orientation – Jews and non-Jews both.
The memorial stands in front of the municipal community center established in Gan Meir (Meir Park) for the gay community in 2008, ahead of Tel Aviv’s centennial. The driving force behind the memorial, which was established and funded by the municipality, is attorney Eran Lev, an activist in the gay community who was a city councilman for Meretz. “It’s important to me that people understand that persecution of gay people was not the usual story of the Holocaust that we know from the final solution, and from the Wansee Conference. This is a different story, more modest, but still an important one,” he said. “It’s important that people in Israel know that the Nazis persecuted others as well, not because they were Jews, but because they were gay,” Lev said.
The memorial was planned by the landscape architect Prof. Yael Moriah, who has been in charge in recent years of the renovation of Gan Meir. It consists of three triangles – the symbol of the gay community. One is concrete, and on it appears a explanation of the persecution of homosexuals during the Holocaust. The second, which is painted on a concrete triangle, is an upside-down triangle painted pink, of the type the Nazis forced homosexuals to wear. The third triangle faces the other two and consists of three pink benches.
On each of them a sentence is written in Hebrew, English and German: “In memory of those persecuted by the Nazi regime for their sexual orientation and gender identity.”
The memorial’s main text was written by Hebrew University Prof. Moshe Zimmermann, the project’s historical adviser.
The inscription states that special steps were taken against gay people and that “according to Nazi ideology, homosexuality was considered harmful to ‘public health.’ The Gestapo had a special unit to fight homosexuals and the ‘Center for the Fighting of Homosexuality and Abortions’ kept a secret file on about 100,000 homosexuals.” The memorial states that gay people were sent to concentration camps and made to wear a patch featuring a pink triangle.
It is difficult to know the precise number of victims the Nazis persecuted for their sexual orientation. Zimmermann notes that the text on the memorial states that 15,000 such people were sent to the camps and more than half were murdered. He adds that medical experiments were carried out at Buchenwald concentration camp to “cure homosexuality.” The memorial cites the names of prominent Jewish homosexuals, including the sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld, an anti-Nazi activist who was persecuted, and Gad Beck, who saved the lives of many Jews in Berlin, and who died in the German capital last year.
Air Canada will be the first airline to introduce the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner plane on regular flights to Israel. The company has announced its plan to operate the plane on its flights from Toronto to Israel starting this July, when it will replace the Boeing 767 plane which has been operating on the route in recent years.
According to Air Canada’s director-general in Israel, Ruth Ben-Tzur, “The company has chosen Israel to be the first country to which it will operate the plane on long haul flights as a demonstration of trust in the Israel route.”
A ceremony will be held at Ben-Gurion Airport upon the plane’s arrival in Israel on July 2 to launch the route’s upgrade.
The plane will be operated on the route to Israel seven days a week. The flights from Toronto to Tel Aviv will leave at 6:30 pm and land in Ben-Gurion Airport at 12:05 pm the next day. The flights from Israel will leave at 1:55 pm and land in Canada at 6:50 pm.
The plan has three classes, 20 seats in business class, 21 seats in premium economy class and another 201 seats in economy class. The plane features innovative lighting and an air conditioning system which induces a feeling of humidity to ease breathing.
The plane is fuel efficient and reduces pollution levels, it has quiet engines and is made of light material: The plane was built from composite materials which have significantly reduced its weight and allow it to reach 6,500 to 16,000 kilometers while using 20% less fuel compared to the Boeing 767 plane it is replacing.
The innovative plane is equipped with two Rolls-Royce or General Electric engines and was built with a green vision. The quiet engines allow it to fly from airports which shut down at night for noisy planes.
Evelyn Hannon isn’t exactly the sort of person who comes to mind when you imagine a thrill-seeking world traveler.
The 73-year-old grandmother of four has no language skills to speak of (“aside from English, I know a little bit of French and Yiddish”) and absolutely no sense of direction (“I tell my grandchildren that Bubby was born without a GPS”).
Yet in recent years she’s traveled to all seven continents, mostly on her own, checking off 65 different countries on the way. Hannon, who lives in Toronto, also happens to run one of the most popular websites in the world for female travelers, particularly those wanting to do it solo.
Journeywoman.com, her award-winning site which has been featured in People and Time magazines, as well as The New York Times travel section, gets a million visitors a year, and its free monthly newsletter has 68,000 subscribers. Before travel blogging was even a word, Hannon was doing it. Doing it so well, in fact, that her advertising revenues today make the possibility of a work-free vacation in Tel Aviv, where she’s been spending the past month, more than feasible.
Of course, it’s never completely work-free for someone like Hannon, who can’t resist sharing some of her latest discoveries with her tens of thousands of online followers in 200 countries and territories around the world and still counting (“Last I checked, I had five followers in the Vatican”). So to keep herself busy in recent weeks, she’s been posting a photo every day of an intriguing-looking Israeli and his or her response to the following question: “Tell me a secret you’ve never told your mother.”
“This is the first time I’ve done something like this, but I think it’s a great way of introducing this country to outsiders,” she says. “They get to see how eclectic it is.”
Her find for today is a “juicy soldier,” as she describes him. (“Can you believe it? He’s the first one in uniform I found on the street today, but what a punim this one had,” she says, using the Yiddish term for face).
Israel’s electric company said on Wednesday it had created the world’s largest menorah consisting of nine aerial platforms reaching 28 meters and lit with nine white light beams reaching the height of ten kilometers. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and one of the most important Jewish holidays came to an end on Wednesday. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL – Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)