Monday, November 19, 2012

Reports claim millions of cyber attacks on Israeli websites in retaliation for Gaza Strip air raids

Media outlets including Al Jazeera and The Guardian are this morning reporting that million of hacking attempts have been made on Israeli websites in retaliation for the ongoing air raids on Gaza. Meanwhile Anonymous has posted a video (below) warning of future hack attacks against Israeli web properties in response to efforts to limit Internet access and control the media message.

via Twitter
Most of the cyber attacks have been unsuccessful, according to Israeli officials, though at least one hack did briefly take down a website and replace it with a message in support of the Palestinians.

"The ministry's computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber attacks," Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said. "We are enjoying the fruits of our investment in recent years in developing computerised defence systems."

This morning there are reports via Twitter concerning an attack by the Israeli air force on office that had contained journalists. The office was cleared prior to the attack, though journalists fear they are quickly becoming targets for Israeli air raids. One Twitter poster identified the building struck today as the Shourok building which houses Arab television facilities, as well as Al Aqsa TV which is tied to Hamas.