Pakistan hackers deface Israel Web pages

Pakistan hackers deface Israel Web pages

Summary: As retaliation against the recent attack on Gaza, hackers from Pakistan vandalized multiple pages of high-profile sites in Israel including BBC, Coca Cola and Intel, mocking finance minister's claims of country's effective security.


Pakistan hackers have defaced multiple pages of high-profile Web sites in a retaliatory move against Israel's recent attack on Gaza.

According to The Next Web news site on Tuesday, the hackers going by the names 1337, H4x0rL1f3, ZombiE_KsA, and Invectus, had hacked sites operated by several major names including Amazon Unbox, BBC, Bing, Citibank, CNN, Coca Cola, Coke, Intel, Mastercard, Microsoft, and Phillips.

All of the attacks seemed to affect the "" and "" domains, but the defaced pages could be viewed by some--and not all--online users, which suggested it could be a DNS attack, the report noted.

The hackers did not appear to be related to hacktivist group, Anonymous, which last week attacked more than 650 Israeli sites wiping out databases of at least two sites, defacing many, and leaking e-mail addresses and passwords.

by Pakistani hackersSource: A defaced Israel Web page

However, on both incidents, hackers shared the same motive of making Israel pay for its attack on the Gaza. An excerpt from defaced pages read (see image above): "I am writing on the behalf of all Pakistani and all Muslims. DAMN you ISREAL. So, what you reap from that war except the destruction and devastation of your life!! You only made a Palestinian generation more stronger, more ruthless and more valor!"

They also mocked a statement from Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, who recently said the country's security systems had been effective. He announced on Sunday that 44 million hacking attempts had been made on Israeli government Web sites since last Wednesday and so far, only one was taken down.


Topics: Security, Government Asia

Ellyne Phneah

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Elly grew up on the adrenaline of crime fiction and it spurred her interest in cybercrime, privacy and the terror on the dark side of IT. At ZDNet Asia, she has made it her mission to warn readers of upcoming security threats, while also covering other tech issues.

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  • Pointless

    Does anyone believe a profanity filled, incoherant rant changes even a single opinion? This is just a "hey look at my epeen attached to an international event" childish fit.
    • Exactly...

      Whether you are for or against Israel or Hamas, defacing web pages are pointless and immature. Now there have been instances where hackers have posted personal information on police, government people, etc and that can be very scary but it still is not going to change a single decision on this conflict. Pointless indeed.
      Rann Xeroxx