Israeli hackers who brought down two major Arab financial websites this week
said they would continue the online attacks if Arab hackers maintain their
internet offensive on Israel.
The hackers, who call themselves the “IDF
Team,” told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that they were waiting to see
whether Arab hackers would strike again, and in the interim they have prepared a
list of sensitive Arab websites as future targets.
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These targets could
include websites in the Arab world that house government portals, airlines,
stock markets and banks, the IDF Team told the Post
“We will not attack
without a reason. We are waiting to see if there are more attacks on Israel,”
one member of the team said.
The Israeli hackers launched an assault on
the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange on Tuesday,
in retaliation for a distributed denial of service attack on the Tel Aviv Stock
Exchange and El Al on Monday.
“Our next steps will be taken slowly...the
message we wish to pass [along] is that we are not frightened to retaliate and
we will not be frightened of continuing with the attacks,” the team member
The tit-for-tat cyber war looks as if it could escalate in the
coming days. 0xOmar, an Arab hacker who claims to be Saudi and who initiated the
web attacks on Israel, called on other Arab hackers to join his anti-Israel
Earlier this week, 0xOmar told the Post
that attacks on Israeli
websites would only stop if the Israeli government apologized for what he
described as a “genocide in Palestine.”