Anonymous cyber-attack disables Israel websites

By Anees Barghouthy, Monday, April 07, 2014

The internet hacker group Anonymous on Monday launched a cyber-attack on hundreds of Israeli websites, causing many of them to go down.

The internet hacker group Anonymous on Monday launched a cyber-attack on hundreds of Israeli websites, causing many of them to go down.

JERUSALEM – The internet hacker group Anonymous on Monday launched a cyber-attack on hundreds of Israeli websites, causing many of them to go down.

Israel Channel Two said hundreds of Israeli government and organizations sites were disrupted for a few minutes before returning to work, including the websites of the ministries of education and agriculture; Israeli Airports Authority and Haaretz newspaper.

It added that some Israeli government institutions had closed their website in anticipation of the attack.

Anonymous, a loosely associated international network of hackers, said earlier that it would wage an anti-Israel operation, dubbed #OpIsrael, on Monday.

"On April 7, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, and DNS terminate the Israeli cyberspace by any means necessary," it said in a statement last week.

This was not the first cyber-attack by the group against Israel.

Anonymous launched its first electronic offensive on Israeli websites in November 2012 to decry an Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

Another campaign was launched on April 7, 2013. It took down several Israeli websites, including those of the premier, the Defense Ministry and the Israeli internal security service, the Shin Bet.

The group says it acts in retaliation for "Israeli crimes against the Palestinians."

"You can NOT hide a demolished home. You can NOT hide the barrage of bullets you use to kill and maim Palestinians. You can NOT hide apartheid roads," the group said in its last week's statement.

"The further assault on the people of Gaza, who have been flooded by your sewage, terrorized by your military apparatus, and left to die at the border while waiting for medical attention will NOT be tolerated anymore," it threatened.

"Your vicious campaigns to attack Palestinian solidarity groups worldwide through censorship and legal wrangling have also NOT gone unnoticed," added the hacker group.

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