Anti-Israel hackers succeeded in temporarily bringing down the website of the
Prime Minister’s Office and of the Likud Party, the Avnet Information Security
and Risk Management company said Tuesday morning.
“The [Prime Minister’s
Office] site is suffering from an attack on its connection between the database
and the web server,” Avnet’s Roni Becher said. “At this stage, we don’t know how
the attack was carried out exactly, and what can be done to defend against
He added that “overnight, we saw dozens of attempts to hack and
attack Israeli websites.
Much information was released online, but most
of it does not represent a real achievement, as it is old content that has not
Various government websites also appear to have been a
target of the hacker group Anonymous, as stated on the Twitter account the group
used for the operation, @OPIsrael. The group claimed to have brought down
official sites such as those of the Finance Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry
and the Foreign Ministry. All the sites now appear to be up and
Prior to these cyber attacks, Avnet set up a situation room to
monitor attacks on Israeli websites. It said on Sunday that so far there had
been a number of significant leaks from websites, but that in general, the
affected websites were small and had not invested in basic security
Over the weekend and on Sunday, hackers claimed to have broken
into hundreds of Israeli Facebook accounts, and updated their Twitter account
with a list of Israeli websites they said they had hacked.
Becher, “it seems that these are simply quite basic attacks that are not unusual
in their complexity...
and which suit amateur children.”
Vashem website, however, came under a “fairly massive attack,” said Becher,
adding that this was in line with the hackers’ decision to strike near the start
of Holocaust Remembrance Day events. The website was only down
Other major sites affected by Anonymous’s Israel operation
include he Education Ministry’s.
Anonymous had announced it would strike
at Israeli websites, claiming that Israel had attempted to curb Internet access
for Palestinians. The attacks, Anonymous said in a video announcement released
at the end of March, were an act of solidarity with the Palestinians.