Israel Had Become The Victim Of 44 Million Cyber Attacks Since The Beginning Of Amud Anan Operation

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Speaking Sunday (November 18, 2012) ahead of the weekly cabinet meeting,  Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said the government was now waging war on “a second front — of cyber attacks against Israel.

Steinitz said in the past four days, Israel had “deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites. All the attacks were thwarted except for one,  which targeted a specific website that was down for six or seven minutes.

His remarks came a day after the online activist group Anonymous claimed to have downed dozens of websites of Israeli state agencies and a top bank in protest over Israel’s air assault,  AFP reported.

It also comes as both Israel and Hamas try exploiting the social networks in a furious effort to win over public opinion amid the worst outbreak of  Middle East violence in four years. Steinitz did not say who was responsible, but said the government had successfully managed to deflect almost every attack, thereby avoiding serious disruption or other damage.

Among targets were the websites of  the Kadima Party, Bank of Jerusalem, a jeep tour company, a locksmith company,,  fashion accessory companies and even a blog.

It also claimed to have briefly downed the Foreign Ministry website in protest over an alleged Israeli threat to cut the Gaza’s Internet communications.

While a list posted online of the operation’s targets included nearly 700 websites, most of them were subdomains of the same site and a random sampling proved that a number of the sites listed were still online and appeared untampered with.

Most of the sites were simply unavailable but others displayed pro-Palestinian images and messages.

One site, whose front page was replaced with an image of a man wearing a Palestinian keffiyeh, displayed a message reading:  “This attack is in response to the Injustice against the Palestinian people.

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 Defense Force,” Anonymous said in a statement. “But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of  Gaza they crossed a line in the sand.

Steinitz made no direct reference to Anonymous and did not specify if the government was dealing with a coordinated attack. He also refused to disclose which countries these efforts were being conducted from.

But the minister stressed that the government had come up with backup for “essential websites” should they be taken down. “This is an unprecedented attack, and our success has been greater than we anticipated,” Steinitz said.

(via Israel National News and JPost)


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