Minister: Israel deflected '44 million' cyberattacks over Gaza

Minister: Israel deflected '44 million' cyberattacks over Gaza

Summary: Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz says that despite Anonymous' best efforts, millions of cyberattacks fell short.

TOPICS: Security, Government

Protesting against attacks taking place on Gaza, hacktivist collective Anonymous began a hacking spree that resulted in hundreds of websites being defaced or taken offline, as well as database data being stolen and placed in public file dumps.

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However, Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday that although 44 million hacking attempts have been recorded in total since the spree began -- dubbed OpIsrael -- the majority of them have failed, according to The Times of Israel.

The Minister says that nearly all of the attacks taking place on government and defense websites have failed, whereas successful database destruction generally took place on private websites. Speaking at a press conference at the Government Computing Center in Jerusalem, Steinitz said that most of the attacks were against governmental sites including the Prime Minister's Office and the Home Front Command, but only one partially succeeded, and was "wobbly for a few minutes."

Steinitz also said that many of the attacks have been traced back to IP addresses from the United States and Europe, and not from Arab countries.

Carmela Avner, the government’s chief information officer told the publication that "we haven't seen many attempts to enter sites and steal data. Most of the attacks have been of the type where hackers try to overload servers with excessive data." In other words, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and email bombing were commonplace, rather than specialized attempts to steal data.

During Friday's attacks, websites including The Jerusalem bank and Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs were defaced and taken down for a time, although they have now been restored. In addition, a list of websites attacked was released by Anonymous, which stated that hundreds of sites were affected.

A statement from the hacking collective said that when Israel publicly threatened to cut off all lines of communication in and out of Gaza, "they crossed a line", and "as the former dictator of Egypt Mubarack [sic] learned the hard way -- we are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch."

It remains to be seen how long the cyberattack campaign continues.

Topics: Security, Government

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  • Idiots

    Maybe anonymous should protest that Gaza has been firing rockets into Israel almost daily for years... and if you check, you'll find that Gaza fired first.
    • Wo started this?

      EXACTLY and people forget the very fact that Gaza started this.
      Steve Anson
      • Wo started this?

        Maybe you should brush up on your history and stop believing everything that mainstream media feeds you.
    • I Know, Right?

      It's funny how the Gazans launch daily rocket attacks on Israel because of some stupid principle of 'destruction of Israel at all costs' and yet, when they start getting clobbered, they are the first to yell 'aggression' and 'Cease Fire!'
    • No Britain started this

      with it's occupation of Palestine in the early 20C and the United Nations when they agreed to divide Palestine into Israel and and Arab state (the Arab state is still trying to be started) displacing 700,000 Palestinians.

      Despite all the rhetoric and who fired what first, just look at the death toll. Unsurprisingly the side with the air force, occupation, tanks and a nuclear arsenal seems to be winning in killing by a large margin.

      Given Israel's tendency to kill a large amount of civilians, including women and children and then claim that they are just collateral damage when they killed a Hamas official, I'm wondering when Israel will nuke Gaza to solve the Hamas problem.

      Yes Hamas should stop their random missiles as they are also killing civilians and only exacerbate the situation, but a blind defense of Israel, ignores the fact that nearly half the Israeli population would like a peaceful end to this, if they could only get rid of their right-wing/relgious goverment.
      • Palestinians

        There where no Palestinians in those days.
        And the Arabs started this in 637 :)
        A fact is that Hamas makes there goals very clear in their own manifesto:
        "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it"
        Would you like to have neighbors who said the same about you?
  • Anonymous are Anasty

    Anonymous also supported Julian Assange, a fugitive from Swedish justice, now sitting in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange's revelations endangered lives of many people, not necessarily just those of secret government operatives.
  • Why? Answer:

    Why attack Isreal rather than Hamas?

    Hamas has no computer networks! Only mindless terrorist and innocent future victims to hide behind.
    Anonymous has chosen the wrong side simply because they can't actually get to the bad guys.
  • 44 million separate attacks?

    The number seems suspiciously high to me. Did they count each participant in a DDoS separately?
    John L. Ries
    • doubt it

      I really doubt Anonymous got 44 million devices to attack. I think they pulled that number out of their ass. It's more likely to be 44 million requests than anything.
  • i don't see the hackers attacking China and Iran for choking off the

    internet access.
    those criminals need to be shut down, for ever.
    let them gripe in a prison cell.
    no, free room and board is too good for them.

    • The problem, of course... identifying them and producing sufficient evidence to convict them.
      John L. Ries
  • Where's the botnet?

    Israel is one of the most susceptible e-nations on earth. Let's see how good their cyber security really is? They can 'eff up everybody else with impunity any time they want.

    Maybe now's that time.

    Remember the Mayan prophecy ..... Masada ahead... Chaaaaaarge!