The Internet sites of the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and Mossad were
unavailable to visitors on Sunday, two days after an international group of
hackers threatened to launch a cyber-attack on Israel over the navy’s
interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Citing the Tehila Internet
company, which operates government websites, an IDF spokeswoman said the
incident was caused by a “server error.”
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Another two official websites,
belonging to the Health and Interior ministries, also went
Despite claims of technical malfunction, suspicion fell on a
denial-of-service cyberattack, in which servers are overwhelmed by hits, usually
sent from computers infected with a Trojan horse.
The Anonymous hacking
group posted a YouTube video on Friday in which it threatened to carry out a
cyber-attack on Israeli government sites.
“Greetings, government of
Israel,” a computer voice said in the clip.
Referring to the navy’s
interception of two vessels carrying pro-Palestinian activists who were trying
to break the naval blockade on Gaza, the video claimed Israel was carrying out
“piracy on the high seas.”
The group said it would have “no choice but to
strike back” if Israel maintains the closure on the Strip.
The navy on
Friday intercepted without incident the two-vessel flotilla carrying 27