Israeli hackers told The Jerusalem Post they are planning to respond to a
hacking attack which occurred overnight Tuesday on the websites of two Israeli
The websites of the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and
the Assuta Medical Center in Tel Aviv were struck with a distributed denial of
service (DDOS), in which servers are flooded by false requests for information,
making them unavailable to others.
“We saw that attack. Soon, a response
will come,” a member of the IDF Team hacking group told the Post on Wednesday
IDF Team has played a pivotal part in Israeli counter-strikes on
high-profile Arab websites following attacks by Arab hackers.
Wednesday, the Haaretz
Hebrew website was downed by pro-Palestinian
said it saw a message claiming responsibility for the
attack by hackers calling themselves “Anonymous Palestine.”
of the financial news publication The Marker
was also unavailable.Last week, Israeli hackers
brought down the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency website and
the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange site, in retaliation for a DDOS attack on the Tel
Aviv Stock Exchange and the El Al websites.
Israeli hackers have
indicated that they may not stick to simple DDOS attacks in the future, but
instead seek to cause long-term damage to the servers of financial, government
and security websites in the Arab world, in the event of further attacks on
During Tuesday’s incident, anti-Israel hackers also
attempted to break into the Safra Hospital’s computer system, but security
measures were able to fend off the attack, Israel Radio reported.
Assuta Medical Centers company, commenting on the hacking and temporary
disappearance of the website, said that none of its patients should worry about
personal medical data stored by the hospitals.
“Our protection measures
succeeded in preventing infiltration of our website, but it cannot be active
until the attacks cease,” the company spokeswoman said.
She added that
attempts to access personal medical information of people who have been treated
at the chain of private hospitals were not successful “so there was no danger at
all of it leaking out.”
The website of the Dan bus company as well as the
Israel Festival website were also hit on Wednesday.