Pro Palestinian hackers have struck Israeli websites, authorities said. The attack comes days after Anonymous threatened Israel with “the electronic holocaust” which, the group vowed, would “erase it from cyberspace”on April 7th, as payback for its crimes in Palestine
The hacking campaign, which has taken place every year on April 7 since 2013, is in protest of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians. In 2013 the hackers first waged the coordinated campaign, dubbed #OpIsrael. They promise to carry out cyber-attacks on Israeli devices, websites and personal data will continue “until the people of Palestine are free.”
It is being reported that Anonymous have targeted dozens of websites today belonging to Israeli musicians and non-profit organizations, Israel’s Computer Emergency Response Team said, adding that the governmental websites were not affected….though other reports claim that government sites were hacked.
RT reports: However, the Twitter account of #OpIsrael which is a part of Anonymous’s annual operations, claimed that at least 150,000 phone numbers, Facebook, Gmail and Hotmail accounts have been hacked.
The affected websites were replaced with photos of a Muslim holy site in Jerusalem and of militants holding the Islamic State militant flag. They left a message signed by “AnonGhost.”
According to the Middle East Eye news portal, several government websites were hacked, including that of the country’s parliament, the Knesset, the court system and the Education Ministry.
Hacking experts told Arutz Sheva, an Israeli media network, that the hack was carried out mainly by hackers in Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
Most hackers generally attack Israeli websites with viruses or hidden mechanisms like “Trojan horses,” Adi Cohen, an internet and Google expert, told Arutz Sheva.
Cohen suggested some tips to secure computers from hackers. Among them was not to open emails from an unknown source or not to connect external devices like USB drives to any computer that has didn’t have a virus check.