Israel: Social media monitoring nabs would-be attackers

Israeli authorities have foiled over 200 Palestinian attacks by monitoring social media and sifting through vast amounts of data to identify prospective assailants ahead of time, according to Israel's public security minister.


These pre-emptive actions put Israel at the forefront of an increasingly popular—and controversial—trend used by intelligence and law enforcement agencies around the world that use big data technology to track would-be criminals. 


Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, who oversees the national police force, said Israel's use of algorithms and other technology has been an important factor in lowering the number of knife and shooting attacks in Israel in recent years. He plans on sharing Israel's knowledge with counterparts at an international security conference he is hosting this week.


פרסום ראשון: 06.12.18, 14:35