Anonymous threatens Israel with annual cyber attack

April 6, 2015 08:53

Hacking collective Anonymous said that they will attempt to hack a number of Israeli websites beginning Monday and continuing into Tuesday. The group said that the cyber attacks are in retaliation for Israeli treatment of Palestinians.

This is the fourth year in a row that Anonymous has threatened Israel with hacking, and attempts have been largely unsuccessful.

In 2014, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said it had opened a special cyber operations room in preparation for the hacking campaign, but found that the Internet onslaught produced only minor slowdowns on dozens of official sites. The group managed to take the Israel postal service and the Education Ministry websites down briefly and disrupt a handful of private websites. It also published a long list of phone numbers and email addresses belonging to Israeli officials.

Past attempts have also targeted the sites of Yad Vashem, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Israel Defense Forces website, with limited success.

Niv Elis contributed to this report.

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