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GetTaxi has to get taxis for departing top-level executives, Deloitte’s Israeli branch goes snooping for U.S. Cellular, and government websites look to fend off potential hack attacks.

Eran Lanun

Exodus of senior officials from GetTaxi

GetTaxi, which runs an app for the ordering of cabs, has seen the departure of three top-level executives over the past month, including its sales director, operations manager and the head of the department that deals directly with the drivers. This also follows the resignation of marketing VP Nimrod May. One source said the exodus was simply the result of people who had been with the company for a number of years leaving for other career opportunities, but another source close to the company said people were leaving due to differences over management policies. Founded in 2010 by Roi More and Shahar Waiser, GetTaxi – which operates in four countries – said as of January it was working with 3,200 drivers in Israel. The firm sparked opposition among drivers in Israel recently when it increased the charges they must pay to the company.

Foreign access to government websites blocked in bid to thwart cyber attacks

The state has temporarily suspended international access to some government websites, in a bid to fend off a potential mass-cyber attack by pro-Palestinian hackers, an Israeli security source said Thursday without elaborating on the threat. The precautionary measure is to be in place through Monday, the source said, and includes refusal of electronic payment from abroad for government services. Some routine reprogramming of websites was also on hold, the source said. The Walla! news site said civil servants had also been instructed not to open emails received from overseas. Officials declined to comment. Last January, an Israeli cyber-security firm said hackers had broken into a Defense Ministry computer via an email attachment tainted with malicious software that had been made to look like it had been sent by the Shin Bet security service.

Deloitte to scout startups in Israel for U.S. Cellular

Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar, the Israeli offices of the Deloitte accounting firm, will be scouting out opportunities on behalf of American cellular service provider U.S. Cellular with an eye to potential acquisitions of Israeli startups or opportunities for collaboration. U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest mobile service provider in the United States, with about 4.3 million customers. The company is already currently working with a number of Israeli high-tech firms, including Nice Systems, Idomoo and Olista (which was sold to an Indian firm, Connectiva, in 2010). About year ago, Deloitte Brightman launched a new initiative to expand its involvement in the tech sector.