Gaza Conflict Incites Hackers To Attack Israeli Government Websites


The Gaza conflict has seen an increase in hacking attempts on websites belonging to the Israeli government. According to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, there are usually a couple of hundred hacking attempts a day, but all this has changed since the conflict in Gaza began last week, with around 44 million attempts to infiltrate the sites as of yesterday.

According to Steinitz, who says the majority of attacks are emanating from Israel and the Palestinian territories, one website succumbed for 10 minutes to a cyber assault before normal service was resumed. Most attacked are, unsurprisingly, websites linked to the Defense Ministry, but those of the President, Foreign Ministry, and Prime Minister have also been targeted.

On Saturday, the hacktivist network Anonymous claimed to have infiltrated hundreds of Israeli websites with its OpIsrael campaign. The previous night it used its Twitter account to say that it had wiped the database of the Bank of Jerusalem.

As well as the physical conflict–over 90 Palestinians have been killed and three Israelis since last Wednesday–there has been a battle royal to control the Internet, with fronts opening on just about every social media network, especially Twitter.


Obama urged to save Palestinians

WASHINGTON – With Israel expanding its war against the Palestinians in Gaza, a coalition of American Muslim and Arab-American civil rights organisations called on President Barack Obama “not to sit on the sidelines” and try to stop the Israeli attacks in the occupied territory.
“We urge President Obama not to sit on the sidelines as American taxpayer-funded weapons are used to kill civilians – including babies – and to destroy the civilian infrastructure in Gaza,” the coalition said in a statement. “Our nation’s blind support for Israel’s brutal actions has done and continues to do immense harm to America’s image and interests in the Middle East and worldwide.” The statement added, “We regret the death or injury of any civilians on either side of this tragic conflict. It is time to tell Israel and the world that Palestinian blood and property are just as precious as that of Israelis.
Until the core issue of justice for the Palestinian people is addressed by our nation and by the international community, we will no doubt witness endless repetitions of these senseless cycles of violence. America must not be party to this violence, either through action or inaction.”