Gaza conflict goes online: Anonymous hacks important Israeli websites
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Gaza conflict goes online: Anonymous hacks important Israeli websites

Tel Aviv : Israel | Nov 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM PST
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Amidst the backdrop of a deadly conflict between Israel and the Hamas leadership of Palestine, a group nicknamed Anonymous allegedly hacked a number of Israeli-owned websites. The hackers apparently declared a mission to dismantle websites owned by Israeli and financial corporations.

According to reports, an account associated with Anonymous requested followers to bring down at least 40 websites linked with the Israeli government and the military. The group is famous for starting so called “denial of service” attacks that swarm the websites with traffic, causing the sites to crash.

According to reports, Anonymous shows solidarity to the people of Gaza and the “occupied territories” and pledges to do everything within their power to hinder the onslaught of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

The consolidated attack dubbed "OpIsrael," comes in direct retaliation to Israeli threats that it may block internet access in Gaza amidst the escalating violence between IDF and Hamas. A statement from Anonymous reads:

"For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called 'Occupied Territories' by the Israel Defence Force."

A declaration publicly made available on pastebin.com lists more than 600 URLs reportedly targeted by Anonymous. A number of these sites are currently unavailable and there are claims by anonymous that databases owed by Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Bank of Jerusalem.

The cyber attacks adds a new dimension to the ongoing assault by IDF on Gaza strip and retaliation by Hamas rockets on Tel Aviv. According to fresh reports, the Hamas headquarter has been leveled to the ground.Israel has now deployed warplanes and naval vessels to batter the coastal enclave after IDF widened their targets to attack government structures in Gaza in addition to specific military targets.

Sources:
Newstrack
The Verge

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