Man with computer 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
Israeli hackers responding to a campaign to launch cyber-attacks on the
country’s websites and Facebook accounts by breaking into the
server hosting a major anti-Israeli hacking nerve center.
website, OpIsrael.com, which was run by the Anonghost hacking group to
help coordinate an online attack on Israel, was taken over by an Israeli
hacker calling himself EhIsR. Under the heading “A few forgotten
facts,” the hacker posted content such as “Israel became a nation in
1312 BCE, 2,000 years before the rise of Islam.”
interview of Wafa Sultan, a Syrian critic of Islam, was also posted.
Earlier, hackers operating under the name of “Israeli Elite” broke into
websites in Pakistan and installed images of IDF soldiers and the
On the other side of the cyber-divide, anti-Israel
hackers claimed to have broken into hundreds of Israeli Facebook
accounts, and updated their Twitter account with a list of Israeli
websites they said have been hacked.
Roni Becher, who heads the
cyber-attack division of the Avnet information security company said,
“At this stage, we are mainly seeing a buildup of tension and power
struggles between Israeli hackers and hackers from various groups who
have joined Anonymous. Anonymous hackers are updating lists of websites
they intend to attack."
“In general, it is apparent that many organizations are making efforts
to stop the attack, or at least to minimize damages,” he added.
a list began circulating the internet Saturday of official Israeli
websites that are currently either already under attack by the
anti-Israel group, or sites they plan to bring down as part of their
OpIsrael internet operation. The list includes the official website of
the Prime Minister's Office, the Israeli Defense Forces website, and
more. Already under siege by the group was the official site of the
Ministry of Education which came under attack early Sunday.
Anonymous group's took to their official OpIsrael Twitter account to
send a personal message to members of Israel's government:
"To the government of Israel: Welcome to the Hackintifada #FreePalestine."
statements follow an ongoing threat from Internet hackers belonging to
the Anonymous group to launch a massive cyber-attack on Israel Sunday,
which is Holocaust Memorial Day.
Nir Gaist, chief technology officer and founder of the Nyotron computer security firm, told The Jerusalem Post
last week that the attack is not a national security issue, but called
on home users to increase awareness, change passwords and not open
strange or suspicious emails.
To avoid Facebook viruses, users
should be on the lookout for strange messages on the social networking
site, or avoid going on it altogether for the next day or two.