Israel is at the cutting edge of monitoring internet users to determine who might be likely to commit acts of terror, according to EU Antiterrorist Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove.
Israeli's Security Service at one point concentrated on processing metadata, but after Palestinian street attacks, the Security Service began to shift towards analyzing social networks for information regarding planned terrorist attacks.
“It is quite difficult to trace a potential terrorist who is not connected in any particular way to a terrorist group but was just inspired by their acts and only began to express some kind of commitment,” admitted Gilles de Kerchove at the 2nd International Intelligence and Special Forces (IT&SF) Conference in Tel Aviv.
“What we actually need is a collective international organization that will define shared security concerns,” told Israeli intelligence minister Yisrael Katz, while calling for cooperation all internet providers.
According to an Israeli military expert who was a presenter at the IT & Security Forum, the targeted monitoring technology allows for the division of Internet users into three groups. When users are flagged as attracting special attention, they are placed in the low-level “green alert”. The “red alert” is reserved for users whose behavior is so suspicious that a police inspection is considered necessary. If it can said that un-flagged users number just less than a million, “green alert” users will number approximately 20 thousand, and the “red alert” group would contain only 10 to 15 users.