Thousands of Israeli web sites under attack

Thousands of Israeli web sites under attack

Summary: In the wake of the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, it didn't take long before pro-Hamas supporters organized themselves and started to defacing thousands of pro-Israeli web sites in order to use them as vehicles for propaganda -- Israel is meanwhile hijacking TV signals.

TOPICS: Security

Israel Hamas Web Site DefacementsIn the wake of the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, it didn't take long before pro-Hamas supporters organized themselves and started to defacing thousands of pro-Israeli web sites in order to use them as vehicles for propaganda -- Israel is meanwhile hijacking TV signals.

For the time being, pro-Israeli sites remain automatically probed for web application vulnerabilities through search engines reconnaissance of the Israeli web space by JURM-TEAM and TEAM-Evil, two groups working together and using identical templates for the defaced sites.

Israel Hamas Web Site DefacementsCompared to previous hacktivism (politically motivated hacking)  activities on behalf of this group consisting primarily of mass web site defacements through web applications vulnerabilities exploitation, last week TEAM-Evil managed to hijack the DNS records of several hundred Israeli domains -- traffic was redirected to -- once compromising the administration panel of the domain registrar DomainTheNet.

Members of Team-Evil are no strangers to Israel. The group has been periodically attacking pro-Israeli web sites since 2006. Who are Team-Evil anyway?

Israel Hamas Web Site DefacementsOriginally started as a Moroccan-based hacking group of Muslim hackers, today thanks to the group's popularity, they've managed to not only recruit more hackers/script kiddies, but also, gain the support of other Muslim hacking groups. The group's efficient way of exploiting Israeli and pro-Israeli web sites through commodity web site defacement tools scanning and exploiting known web application vulnerabilities reached such a peak, that a 17 years old member of Team-Evil got busted. In the ongoing web site defacement attacks, several other well known Muslim hacking groups appear to be working directly cooperating with Team-Evil, such as:

  • JURM-TEAM - members include sql_master, Jurm, Dr.Noursoft, RedDoom, Lpooxd, Cyb3rt and
  • Islamic Cr3w - members include Twister and AlH7N00TY
  • TEAM SPECIAL AGENT - members include PrOf-HaCkEr,Black^Monster, FREEM@N, and R00t-Os
  • Team-Evil themselves - members include Jurm, Cyber-terrorist, J3ibi9a, Scritpx, Fatna Bant Hmida

Israel Hamas Web Site DefacementsIt's important to point out that the massive web site defacements taking place are not rocket science, they are the low-hanging fruit made possible for them to abuse due to insecurely configured web servers. Interestingly, according to one of the messages left on the defaced sites, a separate campaign is launched by the Hamas supporters in response to June, 2008's defacement done by Israeli hackers of the portal.

Israel Hamas Web Site DefacementsHaving monitored the demise of international cyber jihadist hacking teams (Osama Bin Laden's Hacking Crew, Ansar AL-Jihad Hackers Team, HaCKErS aLAnSaR) attacking primarily Western sites, in comparison Israel, Palestine and their supporters are not going to give up that easily the propaganda capabilities that they've building since 2001 by means of web site defacements.

Topic: Security

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • Same old, same old

    I think that Davchev is just filling his quota with this article. Web warfare is not new nor unexpected in such situations.
    You would be much more useful if you analyze the anatomy of the more interesting attacks and point to possibilities for security improvement

    Spirovski Bozidar
  • "TEAM Evil"

    The name says it all.

    • Agreed!

      GO ISRAEL!

      When islam wins, the world is lost!
    • Go to do what exactlly

      Go to do what exactlly killing children and women all of that is just indication for the weakness of Israel.
      Its end is comming soon for thier Inequity...
    • Go where

      To hell, that where they deserve to be, except the peaceful people Israelis that I know, and btw not all Israelis are bad only Zionist crazy knuckleheads. You should go with them too, Michael.
  • Keep the politics out of it!

    Wouldn't it be nice if, just for once, we could keep the comments to the ***technical*** issues involved here, especially in DNS hijacking, and stay away from who's right and who's wrong in the arab-israeli conflict.
    • evil must be stopped

      and to do that it has to be exposed first, anyone supporting terrorists like hamas and other muslims is also a terrorist
      • Evil???

        One man's evil is another's BLT!! This is a tech discussion. Keep your morals in Sunday School.
      • other muslims

        Muslims are over 1 billion in population... 99% go on with their daily life just like you. The few who are causing such havoc world wide, are the ones who much like the rise of america... are saying enough is enough... The US came to existence by the action of terrorists (or at least that what the british would have labeled them)...

        As for Hamas, try living in Gaza or west bank for a week...
      • But, Who is the EVIL???

        We have seen the the pictures clearly.
        We are watching the news daily..
        And it's obvious who is the EVIL.
        Be smarter OR stay in the technical line :)
      • Terrorists

        If we are terrorists, those stealing our territories, destroying our bulding, killig our children.. are calling what? There is no mind to think by it or when the matter related to Israel the logic can not be applied..
      • monica, monica, monica

        You are too crazy, and you have no brain. Israel is the evil here, killing innocent people is evil, hackers are not. Read their defacement message. You might learn something.
    • I agree

      The site is about security and not religious hatred and bashing and what not. So let's keep it clean and civil. I am just responding to those who bashes my religion of Islam.
  • RE: Thousands of Israeli web sites under attack

    ok. but the thing is political. just throwing some stones... lol
  • Does Sharia law allow computer use?

    Certainly not hacking...
  • Hackers? No, CRIMINALS!!

    Sorry, guys, these are not hackers. <b>These are criminals---no two ways about it.</b> <BR><BR>

    Indeed, perhaps, given the situation, We should consider them enemy combatants, and kill them. Other web-based criminals might then stop to think about how We view THEM. <BR><BR>

    As far as I am concerned, ALL of these criminals can take the "big sleep". [Substitute any other stupid---as if there is any other kind---euphemism for this one, if desired.] The world---civilization, anyway---will be better off without them! <BR><BR>

    Hackers, though innocuous, were bad enough. Criminals are far worse, and need to be deleted!
    Master Dave
    • Crime!!!

      The only crime is the aggressor of Israel on the freedom of the Palestinian. Let me arrest your brothers, destroy your home kill your son...and see me what you are going to do..
    • Not an option

      @Master Dave, killing hackers would be too extreme, simply because they are more knowledgeable and smarter, we should kill them. That is not logical. Knowledge is Power.
  • RE: Thousands of Israeli web sites under attack

    What a useless article. ZDnet this in way shape or form is a featured article... keep it out of the newsletter.

    add more technical meat, leave politics out... there's plenty of it on TV and internet.
    • Agreed leave politics out

      add more technical meat, leave politics out... there's plenty of it on TV and internet.