Palestinian internet services come under attack

Summary:Palestinian internet services have come under attack, in a manner the Palestinian communications minister described as 'organised'

Palestine's internet services came under attack on Tuesday, in an incident a government official described as "organised", and most likely a concerted effort by another country.

According to an AFP report, Palestinian communications minister Mashur Abu Daqqa said the country's IP addresses came under attack from "places across the world" as hackers attacked in an "organised" manner using mirror servers.

The minister surmised that Israel might be involved in the attack as the country "was considering the kind of sanctions it would impose on [Palestine]". Palestine secured a seat in Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) on Monday despite objection from the US and Israel, reported AFP.

While the attack affected internet service across the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian banking system had been isolated for its protection, said Abu Daqqa.

This ZDNet UK-selected story originally appeared as Hackers cripple Palestinian network on ZDNet Asia.

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Topics: Security


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