In Israeli military news today, a surge in cyber-attacks by hacktivist groups has disrupted online platforms, leading to the defacement and disabling of various websites.
- Recorded Future reports a significant increase in cyber-attacks on Israeli websites since the start of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood.
- Over 100 websites experienced defacement or temporary disruption, mainly through distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS).
Cyber-attacks escalate amid the Israel-Gaza war as hacktivist groups launch a series of coordinated attacks on Israeli and Palestinian websites.
These digital skirmishes have led to disruptions and defacements of various online platforms like Jerusalem Post, further intensifying an already volatile situation.
In an email, Jerusalem Post Editor-in-Chief Avi Mayer said “The attackers have managed to knock us offline for extended periods over the past few days. This is a blatant assault on freedom of the press.”
The cyber information monitoring company, Recorded Future, reports a surge in cyberattacks on Israeli websites and applications since the commencement of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood. Hostile pro-Palestine hacker groups have effectively targeted prominent Israeli websites, such as Jerusalem Post, causing them to go offline for varying periods in recent days.
“There are dozens of victims per day, claimed by both pre-established and new [hacktivist] groups,” cyber intelligence firm Recorded Future said.
The AnonGhost group, recognized for its ties to Hamas, boldly proclaimed via its social media channel their successful disabling of the Israeli emergency alert application.
Over 100 websites in Israel have been either defaced or temporarily disrupted through simple distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), including Mossad’s official site. This method works by flooding a site with a rush of inauthentic traffic.
However, the attacks are not one-sided, as the “Indian Cyber Force,” a pro-Israel hacker group from India, disrupted the official website of Hamas, justifying their actions by supporting peace in the Middle East. They also targeted Alpha Net, the largest electronic service provider in the Gaza Strip, leading to infrastructure issues and an internet outage.
The “Ghosts of Palestine” group, responsible for hacking numerous Israeli websites, issued a call to hackers worldwide to target the infrastructure of both Israel and the United States, whether public or private.
As the Israel-Gaza war continues to unfold, the battle in cyberspace reinforces the need for robust cybersecurity measures to protect online infrastructure and maintain the freedom of information dissemination in these challenging times.
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