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article imageAnonymous targets, brings down Israeli Secret Service website

By Greta McClain     Aug 3, 2014 in Internet
The hactivist group Anonymous has escalated their #OpSaveGaza campaign attacks, claiming to have hacked numerous Israeli government websites, including, the official website of the Israeli Intelligence Agency.
Anonymous (Anon) began targeting Israeli websites early last month to protest the ongoing conflict in Gaza. In a video released July 4, 2014, Anon calls for an attack on Israeli websites beginning on July 11th, saying:
"This is an urgent call for all hackers, human right organisation, activist all around the world, to unite again, and start campaign against Israel, share what is really going on there, expose their terrorist activity to the world."
Since that time, Anon has systematically targeted various Israeli government websites, including the Israeli Defense Ministry and the Tel Aviv Police websites. The campaign became personal when an Anon member was killed by Israeli Defense Force (IDF) members last weekend. According to the Bethlehem based Ma'an News Agency, Tayeb Abu Shehada was shot and killed while participating in a demonstration in the village of Huwwara near Nablus. The International Business Times reports Shehada, a member of the Hacker Brigade group, was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, a mask closely associated with Anonymous.
Israel s Ministry of Economy website continues to show a server error after Anonymous targeted vario...
Israel's Ministry of Economy website continues to show a server error after Anonymous targeted various Israeli government websites.
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After reports of Shehada's death surfaced, Anon escalated their attack. They announced a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) operation, targeting websites such as the Bank of Israel, The Ministry of Justice, Institute for Biological Research, Israel Airport Authorities, and the Geological Survey of Israel. Other websites targeted included the official Israeli government website and Mossad, the Israeli Secret Service website. Both of those sites, along the Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor websites, are still down or showing server errors.
Anon is not limiting their activity to crashing Israeli government websites either. The group reportedly released the log-in details of some 170 Israeli officials on Monday. During Israel's ‘Pillar of Defense" campaign in 2012, Anon not only hacked the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Israeli deputy premier, but also leaked data concerning 5,000 Israeli officials.
Anonymous has not announced how long they plan to continue the DDOS operation, however if their Twitter page is any indication, it appears #OpSaveGaza will rage on as long as the conflict in Gaza continues.
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