Cyber warfare appears to be the way of the future, and nobody has come up with a good solution to the problem yet. Qatar appears to be the latest country to use these measures as The Jewish Journal reports that Rabbi Shmuley Boteach may have been compromised by hackers working on behalf of the Qatari government. The Jewish Journal was able to review messages, which it cites as evidence of the potential hack attack. The paper adds that the hack would have been conducted out of retaliation for the connections Boteach has to GOP megadonor and major Israel supporter Sheldon Adelson.
“The Journal reviewed a series of WhatsApp messages between Nick Muzin, the former deputy chief of staff for Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Tex.) presidential campaign, and Joey Allaham, former owner of New York kosher restaurants,” according to The Jewish Journal. It appears Muzin and Allaham were on the Qatari payroll as lobbyists.
One message that The Jewish Journal shared came from Jan. 26, when Allaham messaged Muzin, “This Vegas thing is bothering me.” Allaham worried that the Republican Jewish Coalition’s April retreat would be a hostile place for them to go.
“It’s really shocking,” Muzin replied. “Someone very influential there is out to get me. It must be Sheldon [Adelson].”
Muzin also said, “I think Shmuley [Boteach] stirred him up.”
Adelson kicked over a half a million dollars to help Boteach when he ran for Congress in 2012. The two also have a relation because of an Adelson PAC made to help Boteach politically, and they have philanthropic endeavors they’ve worked on together.
Other messages that The Jewish Journal reviewed indicated the two kept on top of developments related to Elliot Broidy. They even considered smearing him in the media. Broidy comes into the picture because he claims he was the victim of an email hack at the hands of the Qatari government as a means of retaliating against his stance against the Qatari government.
Broidy and Boteach don’t appear to be the only possible victims. Lawyers representing Broidy said that over 1,000 email accounts were sought after by the Qatari government, with many of the victims from America.
Muzin and Allaham both skirted responsibility, with Muzin denying any hacking activity on his part and Allaham saying he wasn’t going to get involved in this issue. They also said that they stopped lobbying for the Qatari government as of June.
The Qatari embassy has been dismissive of the lawsuit they are facing from Broidy.
“This ruling by the court in California was not a ruling on the merits or likelihood of success in the case,” Lee Wolosky, one of Broidy’s attorneys, said in a statement, also saying they “will pursue those claims aggressively on the East Coast where they will not have the venue defense they asserted in California.”
Muzin didn’t respond to requests for comment from The Jewish Journal as of the time the article was published.
By: Carrie Ogburn
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