Harb speaks during a news conference in Beirut, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb said unlicensed Internet providers are being used by Israel to spy on citizens and sensitive state institutions, but confessed that he was unaware how such a massive security breach had occurred.The minister said these "telecoms and Internet international gateways" allow subscribers to tap into the Internet while circumventing the state's network.Harb listed mountain locations including Faqra, Zaarour, Ayoun Siman, Jurd al-Dinnieh, and Jurd al-Njas.Harb confessed his confusion as to how such a sophisticated system was functioning without the state's knowledge.While the investigation is ongoing, Harb declared that there was no doubt that the people behind these illegal Internet networks were also behind the Al-Barouk network, which was reported to have satellite connections with Israel in 2009 .Parliament's Media and Telecommunications Committee head Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah said that Parliament will be tasked with resolving the issue and that his committee will meet Monday.
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