Hackers target Likud Minister Edelstein's website

Edelstein calls hack an "act of terror in every way"; hackers write "Free Al Aksa Mosque" in Hebrew, making translation gaffe.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN, JPOST.COM STAFF
July 31, 2012 13:15
Website of Minister Yuli Edelstein hacked

Edelstein website hack 370. (photo credit: Screenshot)

Hackers targeted Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud)'s website overnight Monday.

Edelstein called the hacking attack against edelstein.org.il/hebrew "an act of terror in every way."

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The public diplomacy and diaspora affairs minister is frequently criticized in the Arab media and social networking sites because he is perceived as being in charge of Israeli propaganda. 

Following the hacking of the site, Edelstein said "no one will succeed in stopping my work for Israeli public diplomacy and on behalf of the settlers of Judea and Samaria. We defeat our enemies everyday on every front and we will continue to do so on the Internet and in the media as well."

The hackers wrote "Free Al Aksa Mosque" in Hebrew on the site above a picture of the Jerusalem landmark. However, the hackers used the Hebrew word "hinam" for free, meaning free of charge, rather than to set free, as they likely intended.

The hackers also vowed to release Edelstein's database to the Internet.


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