Israeli security forces are reinforcing protective measures in preparation for a cyber attack, which the hacker group “Anonymous” claims it will carry out tomorrow against Israeli and Jewish targets online.
Apr 06, 2015, 04:24PM | Tom Dolev
Based on the claims of the “Anonymous” group, tomorrow (Tuesday) Israeli and Jewish online sites are expected to be under a heavy online attack lead by pro-Palestinian hackers.
The frequent cyber threat on Israeli targets is expected to intensify tomorrow, according to the announcement by pro-Palestinian groups and hackers that an integrated and timed attack will take place tomorrow on the virtual scene.
For the past few days, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and National Cyber Bureau have been preparing for the attack, which is expected to also target smartphones and tablets, in addition to Israeli government and military offices. Initial signs of the online attack were recorded several days ago, as the official website of the “Meretz” party was vandalized.
“The attacks focus on organizations identified with the target country, whether because they provide services to it or whether they are bodies representing the government,” explained “2BSecure” CEO, Alon Mantsur. “The declared goal is to try and damage Israeli websites by harming secrecy, availability or the completeness of information, and thus disrupting the lifestyle of residents of the State of Israel and spreading panic.”
Most of the participants in the attack are activists protesting against Israeli actions and policies in the occupied territories. Most of them are not considered regular hackers, but can still cause heavy damage using several automatic tools. Amongst the declared attackers are several teams to which previous successful attacks are attributed, including “AnonSec”, “Meca”, “Anonymous Arab” and “AnonGhost”.
The politicization of Anonymous is an unfortunate development that will utterly destroy the credibility that Anonymous has built up with its 'good deeds'.