Friday, 23 November 2012

Hackers declare 'cyber war' on Israel after IDF threatens to cut off internet in Gaza

Hackers' collective Anonymous claims it has declared 'cyber war' against Israel in retaliation for threats to block Palestinians' internet access.

As the Israel Defence Forces began airstrikes against targets in the territory, the hacktivist group tried to cripple Israeli sites and government networks.

The move came as Israel admitted the war is being fought on 'three fronts' - including physical, social networks and cyber attacks - and triggered calls for a 'cyberdome' protective shield to mirror the 'Iron dome' missile defence system.

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'Cyber war has been declared on Israel cyber space': A grab from a YouTube video uploaded by Anonymous in which the collective calls on members to target Israeli websites and networks

Israel's finance minister Yuval Steinitz admitted last night that the group - along with other protesters - bombarded Israeli sites with more than 60million hacking attempts.

However, he said most of the attacks failed and that the only site that was successfully brought down was up again within minutes.

Anonymous though posted a list of more than 650 Israeli websites it says it has taken down or defaced in retaliation for what it called 'the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people'. 

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