The hacktivist group Anonymous has targeted the state of Israel in another cyber attack, claiming to have caused large amounts of damage, but may have caused little damage.
Hacktivist group Anonymous has performed a large scale cyber attack against the state of Israel. In their tweets, the group announced that a Dozen official Israeli websites, including those of the Prime Minister and Securities authority, had been hacked. In addition, anonymous claims to have hacked over 100,000 websites, 40,000 Facebook accounts and 30,000 bank accounts belonging to Israelis.
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The attack is the second one in the last few months, the previous one taking place in November. Anonymous is targeting Israel as a protest against the nation’s policy towards Palestine. The group earlier demanded that Israel "disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace" on April 7, saying that the government had "crossed a line in the sand" by threatening to cut all internet and telecommunications into and out of Gaza.
Anonymous claims to have caused roughly $3 billion in damage, but despite this claim, Israel reports that the attack had little effect on the nation as a whole. "So far it is as was expected, there is hardly any real damage," said Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, head of Israel’s National Cyber Bureau. This closely mirror's Novemebr's attack, which has millions of hacking attempts bombard Israel, but without much effect.
"Anonymous doesn't have the skills to damage the country's vital infrastructure," says Yisrael, "And if that was its intention, then it wouldn't have announced the attack ahead of time. It wants to create noise in the media about issues that are close to its heart." This is very possible, but then again, what’s more powerful than media? (And no, that isn’t shameless self-promoting)