UPDATE #3: ComSign - sole certifier, and hacker, of the electronic signatures of the State of Israel -- ISACA US and Israel jointly attempt legal extortion through simulated, deceptive electronic legal communications

The underlying matter is refusal of ISACA - the Worldwide Association of IS Professionals - to opine on alleged fraud in an Israeli CPA Audit Letter, which is part of a larger fraud scheme in the electronic records of the State of Israel. An attorney, writing on behalf of an unidentified ISACA-related entity issued a legal threat through an unsigned, insecure email communication. When asked to provide the same as a valid legal record, both ISACA -Israel Branch and the unknown US ISACA entity refused to respond. The case highlights the pervasiveness of deception in legal electronic records, and the potential emergence of Corpus Separatum Jerusalem as a Free Speech haven in a world, where abuse of Human Rights and leakers, in particular, is the norm, not the exception.
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Jerusalem and Los Angeles, July 17 - "The Worldwide Association of IS Professionals, dedicated to the audit, control, and security of information systems, attempted legal extortion through deceptive, simulated electronic legal communications, in order to cover up the large-scale fraud in the electronic record systems of the State of Israel," says Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO).

The episode is the latest in a list of inadequate responses, or no responses at all, by government and non-government agencies in Israel, when confronted with indisputable evidence of large-scale, high-level fraud in the electronic record systems of the State of Israel. [1] Notable exceptions include computing/cryptology experts and some legal scholars.[List of agencies and responses are provided below]

The current episode pertains to alleged fraud in the 2012 Audit Letter for ComSign, LTD, signed by Erez Shefler CPA (Isr), which is part of conduct that undermines the integrity of all legal records of the State of Israel. Both ComSign's founding CEO and his successor are listed as veterans of Intelligence Services, Unit 8200.

When asked to provide opinion on the Audit Letter, Mr Doron Ronen, CPA (Isr), President of ISACA - Israel Chapter, provided responses, which were contrary to the mission statement of ISACA. Such responses were followed by credible but unlawful legal threats from an unknown ISACA-related entity in the United States.

Both the communications from Mr Ronen and from his US colleagues were transmitted in a manner that should be deemed deceptive. [2]

When asked to provide the same communications in a manner that is valid, secure, and controlled by ISACA's standards, ISACA - Israel Chapter, and its US colleagues failed to respond to this date. [2]

The episode should be considered of significance for several reasons:
The conduct of ISACA - Israel Brach, and its US colleagues highlights the pervasiveness of deception in legal electronic records, even by the "Worldwide association of IS professionals dedicated to the audit, control, and security of information systems;"
The case highlights the potential emergence of Corpus Separatum Jerusalem as a Free Speech haven in a world, where abuse of Human Rights and leakers, in particular, is the norm, not the exception. [3]
LINKS:
[1] 12-06-04 Human Right Alert's Appendix to Submission; 15th UPR Working Group Session (Jan-Feb 2013) - State of Israel: Integrity, or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/82927700/
[2] 12-07-12 Request for ISACA's formal communications in re Requests for opinions by Mr Ronen, Legal threats by Ms Fullerton
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99932364/
[3] 12-07-01 First ever - passport stamped “Corpus Separatum Jerusalem”
http://www.scribd.com/doc/100294474/

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UPDATE #2: ComSign - sole certifier, and hacker, of the electronic signatures of the State of Israel - additional responses by IS Audit Experts

Additional responses were received from Dr Naftali Fried, CPA (Isr), who is listed as an IS audit expert on the "Red Phone" of the Israeli Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Mr Doron Ronen, CPA (Isr), President of ISACA - Israel Chapter, the Israeli Information Systems Audit and Control Association. Dr Zernik had requested that they opine on alleged fraud in the 2012 Audit Letter for ComSign, signed by Accountant Erez Shefler CPA (Isr), which is part of conduct that undermines the integrity of all legal records of the State of Israel. Both CPAs responded in a similar manner - that they could and should not opine on the matter. In his reply today, Dr Zernik proposed that they consider providing the opposite statement, if true in their professional opinon: "Considering only the records, which were linked to Dr Joseph Zernik's requests for opinions, any claim of fraud in the 2012 Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr) Audit Letter of ComSign is without any merit." Dr Fried refuses to provide such statement, either. Noted in his failure to respond so far is Doron Copman, CPA (Isr), President, Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Compromising the integrity of legal public records of the State of Israel poses serious threat to Human Rights and the financial markets.

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Jerusalem and Los Angeles, July 12 -Dr Naftali Fried, CPA (Isr), listed IS Audit Expert under the "Red Phone" of the Israeli Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Mr Doron Ronen, CPA (Isr), President of ISACA - Israel Chapter, the Israeli Information Systems Audit and Control Association, refuse to provide their opinions, regarding alleged fraud in the 2012 Audit Letter for ComSign, signed by Accountant Erez Shefler CPA (Isr), which is part of conduct that undermines the integrity of all legal records of the State of Israel. [1,2]

Some of ComSign's largest clients are the Israeli courts, the Ministry of Justice, and the Israeli Stock and Exchange Commission. However, after reviewing thousands of judicial records and other legal public records of the State of Israel, a single, publicly accessible, valid certified electronic signature is yet to be discovered. [3]

The recent requests for opinions by CPAs are part of system-wide survey of the responses by governmental and non-governmental agencies in the State of Israel, in view of overwhelming evidence of large-scale fraud in the electronic records systems of the courts and justice system, as documented in Human Rights Alert 2012 submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. [4] The submission is titled, "Integrity, or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel." [5]

Both CPAs, Dr Fried and Mr Ronen, responded in a similar manner - that they could and should not opine on the matter.

In his reply today, Dr Zernik challenged such responses, and claimed that he had provided sufficient public records to enable the expert CPAs to conclude that:
ComSign, LTD, was established as sole Certifying Authority of the State of Israel through conduct, involving Attorneys HaCohen and Ashkenazi, usurping the office of Registrar of Certifying Authorities, while neither of them was lawfully appointed to that office. Moreover, one of the them, HaCohen, was on the record with a Conflict of Interest statement.
ComSign, LTD, in its correspondence with Mozilla, the non profit browser maker, acknowledged that its lawful auditing body (had it been lawfully established as Certifying Authority) would have been the office of "Registrar of Certifying Authorities" in the Ministry of Justice of the State of Israel. Moreover, ComSign, LTD claimed that such audit records existed. In response to request for such records with English translation, ComSign, LTD, provided the 2012 Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr) Audit Letter. The letter itself failed to refer to the purported audit papers of the Ministry of Justice. The letter claimed that ComSign, LTD, was "regulated" by the Ministry of Justice, and that Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr) was the lawful auditor of ComSign, LTD.
Dr Zernik also challenge the alternate statement, that the CPAs were not in a position in which they should give any opinion in this issue. Both CPAs were vested with various professional privileges through the law of the State of Israel. The two CPAs were also publicly represented in a manner that implied their additional commitment to the integrity of IS Audit in Israel.

Therefore, Dr Zernik suggested that the two CPAs at least opine on the opposite statement, if it indeed reflected their professional opinions, in order to maintain public confidence: "Considering only the records, which were linked to Dr Joseph Zernik's requests for opinions, any claim of fraud in the 2012 Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr) Audit Letter of ComSign is without any merit."

Dr Naftali Fried has since responded, and clarified that he did not intend to respond on the request for the opposite statement, either.

Still noted for his failure to respond is Doron Copman, CPA (Isr), President, Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Israel.

"Compromising the integrity of legal public records of the State of Israel poses serious threat to Human Rights and the financial markets," concludes Dr Zernik.

CORRECTION:
Doron Ronen, CPA (Isr), is no longer affiliated with Shiff Hazenfratz & Co.

LINKS:
[1] 12-07-11 Response by Dr Naftali Freed, CPA (Isr), IS audit expert, and reply by Dr Zernik, RE: Request for opinion in re: Alleged fraud April 8, 2012 ComSign Audit Letter by Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99890902/
[2] 12-07-11 Response by Mr Doron Ronen, CPA (Isr), IS audit expert and President of ISACA - Israel Chapter, and reply by Dr Zernik, RE: Request for opinion in re: Alleged fraud April 8, 2012 ComSign Audit Letter by Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99891572/
[3] 12-07-07 PRESS RELEASE: ComSign - a legitimate electronic signature certifier for the State of Israel, or a large-scale con on the People by the government of the State of Israel?
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99356477/
[4] 12-07-10 Notable Israeli Accountancy/IS Security and Governance experts are asked to opine on alleged fraud in the 2012 Audit Letter of ComSign - sole certifier, and hacker, of the electronic signatures of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99744909/
[5] 12-06-04 Human Right Alert's Appendix to Submission; 15th UPR Working Group Session (Jan-Feb 2013) - State of Israel: Integrity, or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/82927700/
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UPDATE #1: ComSign - sole certifier, and hacker, of the electronic signatures of the State of Israel

Yaron Peled, CPA (Isr), of BDO Israel - Ziv, Haft & Co, who is listed as an expert in electronic IS audit on the "Red Phone" of the Israeli Institute of Certified Public Accountants, no longer wishes his name mentioned in this matter.

Yaron Peled, CPA (Isr), of BDO Israel - Ziv, Haft & Company, expressed his wish not be mentioned in relationship to this affair any longer.

Mr Peled is one of three experts, listed under "IS Audit" on the "Red Phone" of the Israeli Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

One wishes to remain hopeful that the President of ISACA Israel - the Israeli Information Systems Audit and Control Association, Doron Ronen, CPA (Isr), of Shiff Hazenfratz & Co, will respond on the request for opinion, in a matter that underlies the integrity of the justice system and financial markets of the State of Israel.

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Notable Israeli Accountancy / IS Security and Governance experts are asked to opine on alleged fraud in the 2012 Audit Letter of ComSign - sole certifier, and hacker, of the electronic signatures of the State of Israel

Central to the safeguard of Human Rights in a civil society are the responses to crisis by governmental and non-governmental agencies, which act as checks and balances, not the least among them - voluntary professional associations. ComSign, LTD, with help from others in the Ministry of Justice, hacked the digital seal of the State of Israel. It remains to be seen, which Israeli body will be the first to review the matter, which undermines the integrity of all legal records of the State of Israel. "Inside jobs" are the biggest hacking threat to the People's public records.


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Los Angeles and Jerusalem, July 10 - Joseph Zernik, PhD, of Human Rights Alert (NGO) has filed a request for opinions by notable Israeli CPAs, regarding alleged fraud in the April 8, 2012 Audit Letter by Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr), pertaining to compliance of ComSign LTD - sole certifier of electronic signatures of the State of Israel. [1]

The requests for opinions have been forwarded to:
Doron Copman, CPA (Isr), President, Institute of Certified Public Accountants. [2]
Dr Naftali Freed, CPA (Isr), Ernst & Young Israel – Kost Forer Gabbay & Kasierer, who is listed as an expert in electronic IS audit. [3]
Yaron Peled, CPA (Isr), Ziv, Haft & Co, who is listed as an expert in electronic IS audit [4]
Doron Ronen, CPA (Isr), Shiff Hazenfratz & Co, [5] President of the Israeli Information Systems Audit and Control Association - the Israel Branch of ISACA [6,7]
The request claims that Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr):
Did not sign the April 8, 2012 ComSign Audit Letter in good faith;
With others, was/is part of a attempted fraud/serious fraud on the People, which undermines the integrity of all government records of the State of Israel.
Some of ComSign's largest clients are the Israeli courts, the Ministry of Justice, and the Israeli Stock and Exchange Commission. However, after reviewing thousands of judicial records and other legal public records of the State of Israel, a single, publicly accessible, valid certified electronic signature is yet to be discovered.

As evidence of the fraud in the 2012 Audit Letter of ComSign, Dr Zernik provided a list of corporate and public legal records, pertaining to ComSign LTD, and the manner in which it was established as sole certifying authority for the State of Israel by Attorneys Yoram HaCohen and Amit Ashkenazi from the Ministry of Justice, with no lawful authority, relative to the Electronic Signature Act (2001). [8]

"Effectively, ComSign, with help from Attorneys Yoram HaCohen and Amit Ashkenazi from the Ministry of Justice, hacked the digital seal of the State of Israel," sums it Dr Zernik.

The CPAs' opinions have been requested in support of an intended complaint against CPA Erez Shefler, who signed the 2012 Audit Letter. Help was also requested in identifying mechanisms for initiating the complaint procedure with the Institute of Certified Public Accountants, or any other mechanism for initiating peer-review and enforcement of ethics and/or professional standards or rules among certified accounts in Israel.

Of the four CPAs, to whom the requests were forwarded, so far only Mr Doron Ronen, President of the Israeli Information Systems Audit and Control Association - the Israel Branch of ISACA, has confirmed the receipt of the request for opinion.

Human Rights Alert's research, pointing to fraud in the conduct of ComSign and others, was based on data mining methods. The findings come as an epilogue to media reports from recent years, documenting the controversy surrounding the "privatization" of the certification authority of government electronic signature services, and delegation of the authority to ComSign. [9]

The recent requests for opinions by CPAs are part of system-wide survey of the responses by governmental and non-governmental agencies in the State of Israel, in view of overwhelming evidence of large-scale fraud in the electronic records systems of the courts and justice system, as documented in Human Rights Alert 2012 submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. [10]

Responses by governmental and non-governmental agencies so far include:
The Supreme Court - conducted simulated reviews on petitions, which challenged the validity of its own electronic records and provided falsified hand-certifications on the respective decisions, while denying access to the electronic records in the case management system of the Supreme Court, out of compliance with the law of the State of Israel and the Supreme Court's own recent decisions regarding access to judicial records.
The Administration of Courts - responded by denying the Freedom of Information request for the Appointment Record of the Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court by invoking an exemption for "records of internal deliberation". Later the Administration of Courts refused to respond, with no legal foundation, on additional Freedom of Information requests.
The State Ombudsman - who in 2010 published his own audit of the electronic record systems of the courts and ministry of justice, refused to comment on the 2012 submission to the United Nations.
Members of Knesset (legislature) refused to comment, or provide assistance in obtaining Freedom of Information responses by the Administration of Courts.
The current and two former Ministers of Justice - refused to comment on the 2012 submission to the United Nations.
Three notable Israeli Computing/Encryption Experts - examined parts of the evidence. All three expressed alarm and serious concerns. One of the three also forwarded a request for Halachic (Jewish law) ruling by a prominent authority - Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: Is the Supreme Court of the State of Israel engaged in large scale public deception?
Several Israeli Legal Scholars - also provided helpful consultations.
The Israeli Bar Association - so far failed to respond on request for comments on the 2012 Human Rights Alert submission. Both the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem offices have so far failed to confirm logging of the ethics complaints, filed against Attorneys Yoram HaCohen and Amit Ashkenazi for their parts in the affair. [12]
The Israel Chamber of System Analysts - has not responded on request for comments on the Human Rights Alert (NGO) 2012 submission, but one of the members of the Chamber posted a comment on the discussion board of the Chamber, regarding the submission, "Should be published in Hebrew in Israeli media NEWS." [capitals in the original - jz] [13]
The findings, regarding lack of integrity in the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel, are subject of a paper, recently peer-reviewed and selected for presentation in an international data analytics conference. [14] Dr Zernik's research regarding the electronic record systems of the courts and prisons in the United States and Israel had been previously peer-reviewed, published and presented in a data mining conference in Europe in 2010 [15,16] and in the 16th World Criminology Congress in 2011, Kobe, Japan, [17,18] among other venues.

Combined, the findings of the Human Rights Alert (NGO) 2012 submission present an alternate narrative, regarding the history the justice system of the State of Israel over the past couple of decade. During years, which were and are touted as the height of the "Constitutional Revolution", [19] the State of Israel entered a constitutional crisis, resulting from deliberate corruption of the judicial process by the judiciary and others, concomitantly with the introduction of new electronic record systems in the courts.

Similar events, relative to corruption of the state and federal courts in the United States, had taken place a couple of decades earlier, and are now manifested in widespread violations of Human Rights, the financial crisis, and civil unrest. [20]

The 2012 Human Rights Alert submission, regarding the State of Israel, recommends:
1. The electronic records systems of the courts should be examined, repaired, and validated by Israeli computing and legal experts, under accountability to the legislature.
2. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be established relative to conduct of members of the judiciary and the legal profession, who were involved in undermining the integrity of the systems;
3. No court of any nation should be permitted to develop and implement its own electronic record systems.
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LINKS:
[1] 12-07-09 Request for opinions of senior Israeli CPAs: Copman, Freed, Peled, Ronen, in re: April 8, 2012 ComSign Audit Letter by Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99536586/
- The 12-04-08 Audit Letter for ComSign, signed by Accountant Erez Shefler CPA (Isr), CISA, of the accounting firm of Sharony Shefler & Co, is provided in page 100, under:
12-07-06 ComSign, LTD - sole certifying authority of electronic signatures for the State of Israel - compilation of corporate records
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99350885/
[2] Institute of Certified Public Accountants
http://www.icpas.org.il/english/
[3] Ernst & Young Israel – Kost Forer Gabbay & Kasierer
http://duns100.dundb.co.il/comp_eng_...0&%20Kasierer/
[4] BDO Ziv Haft
http://investing.businessweek.com/re...vcapId=3675807
[5] Shiff Hazenfratz & Co.
https://duns100.dundb.co.il/comp_eng...atz%20&%20Co./
[6] ISACA (IL)
http://www.isaca.org.il//index.asp
[7] ISACA (US)
https://www.isaca.org/Pages/default.aspx
[8] Evidence of fraud in the in the 2012 Erez Shefler, CPA (Isr) Audit Letter of ComSign - sole certifier electronic signatures of the State of Israel
- 12-06-07 PRESS RELEASE: ComSign - a legitimate electronic signature certifier for the State of Israel, or a large-scale con on the People by the government of the State of Israel?
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99356477/
- 12-07-06 PRESS RELEASE: Unannounced regime change in Israel - Electronic Signatures Act (2001) and Biometric Database Act (2009)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99243087/
- 12-07-02 PRESS RELEASE: Israel Bar Association asked to investigate ethics complaint against Attorneys Yoram HaCohen, Amit Ashkenazi, re: fraud in implementing electronic signatures of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/98889755/
- 12-06-25 PRESS RELEASE: Hijacking of the Digital Seal of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/98120110/
- 12-06-01 PRESS RELEASE Responses by the Israel Chamber of System Analysts on report "Integrity or lack thereof of the electronic records systems of the courts of the State of Israel"
http://www.scribd.com/doc/95715970/Hijacking
[9] 10-07-29 Amendment to the Electronic Signature Act (2001) - compilation of media reports.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99743941/
[10] 12-06-04 Human Right Alert's Appendix to Submission; 15th UPR Working Group Session (Jan-Feb 2013) - State of Israel: Integrity, or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/82927700/
[11] 12-07-02 Ethics Complaint filed with the Israel Bar Association against Attorneys Yoram Hacohen, Amit Ashkenazi for Breach of Loyalty, Fraud in implementation of the Electronic Signature Act (2001)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/98883205/
[12] 12-07-02 PRESS RELEASE: Israel Bar Association asked to investigate ethics complaint against Attorneys Yoram HaCohen, Amit Ashkenazi, re: fraud in implementing electronic signatures of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/98889755/
[13] 12-06-01 PRESS RELEASE Responses by the Israel Chamber of System Analysts on report "Integrity or lack thereof of the electronic records systems of the courts of the State of Israel"
http://www.scribd.com/doc/95715970/
[14] 12-07-07 Large-scale fraud in the computer systems of the US and Israeli courts to be detailed in an international computer science conference
http://www.scribd.com/doc/99442662/
[15] 10-08-18 Zernik, J: Data Mining as a Civic Duty – Online Public Prisoners’ Registration Systems,
International Journal on Social Media: Monitoring, Measurement, Mining 1: 84-96 (2010)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38328591/
[16] 10-08-18 Zernik, J: Data Mining of Online Judicial Records of the Networked US Federal Courts,
International Journal on Social Media: Monitoring, Measurement, Mining, 1:69-83 (2010)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/38328585/
[17] 11-08-01 Zernik, J: Fraud and corruption in the US courts is tightly linked to failing banking regulation and the financial crisis, 16th World Criminology Congress presentation
http://www.scribd.com/doc/61351562/
[18] 11-08-01 Zernik, J: Los Angeles Superior Court - widespread corruption and refusal of US government to take action, 16th World Criminology Congress presentation
http://www.scribd.com/doc/61351469/
[19] 12-05-05 The Israeli "Constitutional Revolution", Presiding Justices Aharon Barak and Dorit Beinisch, and corruption of the Supreme Court of the State of Israel
http://www.scribd.com/doc/92454231/
[20] 11-07-06 Request filed by Windsor and Zernik with US Attorney General Eric Holder for Review of Integrity of Public Access and Case Management Systems of the US Courts
http://www.scribd.com/doc/59480718/
- 12-06-08 Courts and Judges as racketeering enterprises under RICO (the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) - key element in the current financial
http://www.scribd.com/doc/96504009/
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Joseph Zernik, PhD
Human Rights Alert (NGO)

* The 2010 submission of Human Rights Alert to the Human Rights Council (HRC) of the United Nations, regarding the United States, was reviewed by the HRC professional staff and incorporated in the official HRC Professional Staff Report with a note referring to “corruption of the courts and the legal profession and discrimination by law enforcement in California.”
* The 2012 submission of Human Rights Alert to the HRC regarding the State of Israel, titled "Integrity or lack thereof, of the electronic record systems of the courts of the State of Israel". It is scheduled for review in early 2013.

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