Israeli military, intelligence sites down after ‘Anonymous’ threat


Important updates below the article

Demonstrators wearing anonymous masks participate in a sit-in protest near the Bank of Italy’s headquarters in Rome October 12, 2011. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)

Maan News Agency | Nov 6, 2011

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The Israeli army and intelligence agencies’ websites were offline on Sunday, two days after hacker group Anonymous warned it would “strike back” for Israel’s capture of Gaza-bound ships on Friday.

Anonymous, a network of online activists who have attacked government and financial websites around the world, released a statement Friday warning that the group would take action against the navy’s seizure of two ships aiming to break Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip.

“Your actions are illegal, against democracy, human rights, international, and maritime laws,” the statement addressed to the government of Israel and posted on Youtube and Anonymous-affiliated sites said.

“Justifying war, murder, illegal interception, and pirate-like activities under an illegal cover of defense will not go unnoticed by us or the people of the world.”

Websites for Israel’s army, internal Shin Bet security service, and Mossad spy agency could not be accessed on Sunday. It could not be confirmed that Anonymous was responsible.

An Israeli army spokesman said it was a “strange coincidence” but he could not confirm that hacking was responsible.

“Initial investigations conducted by the internet company indicate problem with the internet servers,” a military spokeswoman added. She said they did not know whether it came as a result of a hack.

In its statement Anonymous slammed Israel’s deadly raid on a flotilla heading to Gaza last year, which killed nine Turkish nationals.

“If you continue blocking humanitarian vessels to Gaza or repeat the dreadful actions of May 31st, 2010 against any Gaza Freedom Flotillas then you will leave us no choice but to strike back. Again and again, until you stop,” the statement said.

Source and more at Maan News Agency

Update 1:

Post by @Bar_shemUr working at Arutz10 on twitter 19:43 Israeli Time

Update 2:

It took some time before Israel’s hasbara Tabloid nr 1 catched the story (which is normal they probably had a meeting howto make up a story)  as usual. Probably with their eyes focussed on the high sea piracy of the FreedomWaves flotilla this announcement of Anonymous came unexpected & inconvenient.

Like the (false flag) “attack” on Eilat, media and especially Israel’s notorious reputation and funneling up paranoia capabilities to enlight worldwide anger and incitement, caused the “Eretz” to attack Gaza and commit a massacre on Gaza within ONE HOUR after the attack on Gaza, which never has been committed by Palestinians in the first place. The “State of Israel” is hiding the evidence, but the hasbara (propaganda) is maintained in their archives to endulge, enrich and maintain their self forfilling prophecy and eternal state of narcissistic denial.

Hasbara or denial of truth, concidences (?) or “calamities” created by others or just like a false flag orchestred by IOA itself, whatever, it is of no importance at all as long as it serves the goal of Zion and distracts all from the reality which goes on day in day out: Ethnic Cleansing

The story below is a version ( we learned out of experience to screendump and log all immediately) for it will be altered afterwards or later without anyone noticing to change history and facts again… or just to mute the truth it will vanish. So below the version of their release of Nov 6, 2011 19:45.

Israel government denies cyber-attack, says malfunction brought down websites

Haaretz – Published 19:45 06.11.11

Websites of IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet security service and government ministries crash following hacking group’s threat to retaliate for Gaza flotilla interception.
By Oded Yaron

The Israeli government denied on Sunday that a cyber-attack was the reason several websites went down, including those of the IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet security service and government ministries. IDF spokesman said there was most likely a malfunction with the servers.

The government Facebook page posted a message saying: “Due to a systematic malfunction of the (government website system’s) servers, some of the government websites and services have not been accessible in the last few hours.” Carmela Avner, head of the government website system, said that “this is a technical problem that is being handled by all relevant means and all resources are being used …to fix the problem.”

The websites’ crash came after the international cabal of hackers known as Anonymous threatened a cyber-attack on the Israeli government’s computers in response to its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla on Friday.

In a video that was uploaded to YouTube, Anonymous warns that if the siege on Gaza is maintained, it will have no choice but to go on the attack.

Anonymous said that if the siege continues and Israeli forces intercept additional flotillas, or if they conduct additional operations such as the commandeering of the Mavi Marmara, it will have no alternative but to launch repeated cyber-attacks on Israeli computer systems until the siege ends.


Update 3

Although the feed of YNet seems to be dated back, at supposedly 19:23 YNet doesn’t know it either! Posting the next article in second largest Israeli tabloid:

Who is behind government websites’ crash? | Ynet 

Anonymous sends viral warning to Israeli government about future attack, however State officials deny internet hacking group is behind crash; claim it is a server malfunction

Who crashed the official IDF, Mossad and Shin Bet websites? The Anonymous internet hacking group issued an online statement on Friday warning they intend to attack once again. However State officials deny on Sunday that the group was behind the attack, instead claiming it was a server malfunction.

A Youtube video uploaded on Friday was signed by Anonymous as an open letter to the government of Israel claiming the Israeli navy blocked the Canadian-Irish flotilla attempting to reach the Gaza Strip.

“We do not tolerate this kind of repeated offensive behavior against unarmed civilians… If you continue blocking humanitarian vessels to Gaza… then you will leave us no choice but to strike back again and again until you stop,” said a computerized voice in the video.

The Anonymous group have recently canceled their November 5 plan to reveal the identities of the people cooperating with Zetas, the most violent drug cartel in Mexico.

Deputy Director of the government’s Information Technology Unit Ziv Slater claimed a serious technological malfunction on one of the servers caused some of the government websites to crash.

“It has nothing to do with an attack, no threat and no hacking. It’s just a systems malfunction,” said Slater. “Our best minds are working to fix the problem. They were not hacked.”

The following websites have been taken off line: Shin Bet, Mossad, IDF, IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, Health Ministry, Justice Ministry, Construction and Housing Ministry, Science and Sport’s Ministry, the President’s Residence, Immigration Authority, the Israel Land Administration and Israel Atomic Energy Commission.

Jonathan Silber contributed to this report

Update 4 | Nov 6, 2011

I always enjoy reading the posts of Richard SilverStein at Tikun Olam, who just wrote a blogpost about the subject titled:

Cyberwarfare: What Goes Around Comes Around

Israel, the land of Stuxnet and Duqu and home of a sophisticated cyberwarfare capability pursued both by Mossad operatives and the IDF’s Unit 8200, has received a small comeuppance.  While it was busy figuring ways to penetrate Iran’s computer defenses and sabotage its purported nuclear program, Anonymous decided to (Hebrew) hack into the websites of various official Israeli government agencies and bring them down (read more at Richard Silverstein’s website Tikun Olam)

Update 5 | Nov 7, 2011

Israel denies Anonymous cyber-attack to blame for websites failure

Israeli secret service and army websites disrupted for several hours after video threat from Anonymous hacker group

Israeli security experts have rejected claims that the Anonymous hacker group was behind the failure of several government websites on Sunday. Photograph: Rex
Matthew Kalman in Jerusalem |, Monday 7 November 2011 10.44 GMT

Israeli officials and security experts have rejected claims that a cyber-attack by the hacker group Anonymous was behind the failure of several government websites on Sunday, including those of the Mossad, the Shin Bet secret service, the Israeli army and some government ministries.

The websites were inaccessible for several hours but all were back online again by Monday.

In a YouTube video posted last Friday, Anonymous threatened to “strike back” at Israel if it continued to block vessels attempting to reach Gaza by sea. The video was released shortly after Israeli naval commandos boarded a Canadian and Irish vessel sailing to Gaza and arrested the passengers and crew.

In the YouTube message An Open Letter from Anonymous to the Government of Israel, an electronically generated voice can be heard accusing Israel of “piracy on the high seas”. “Your actions are illegal, against democracy, human rights, international, and maritime laws,” the statement continues. “Justifying war, murder, illegal interception, and pirate-like activities under an illegal cover of defence will not go unnoticed by us or the people of the world.

“We do not tolerate this kind of repeated offensive behaviour against unarmed civilians. If you continue blocking humanitarian vessels to Gaza or repeat the dreadful actions of 31 May 2010 against any Gaza freedom flotillas then you will leave us no choice but to strike back. Again and again, until you stop.” The message ends with a warning: “Expect us.”

The Israeli sites crashed about 48 hours later. An army spokesperson said it was “a coincidence” – a response dismissed by observers who noted that several Palestinian sites were hacked last week, as was the site of the Russell tribunal, currently hearing testimony in South Africa on why Israel is an apartheid state.

But Nitzan Miron, a former member of Matzov, the cyber security division of the Israeli military, responsible for defending networks from hackers, said the breakdown was “a really strange coincidence”.

Miron, now chief executive of 6Scan, a website security start-up in Tel Aviv, said there had been a hardware crash rather than a software problem caused by a cyber-attack. “Nothing is impossible but it doesn’t look like it [a cyber-attack],” he said. He said a decision to group all the sites in one hardware system had resulted in a chain reaction of malfunctions.

“It’s all part of a project called Tehila that puts all of those sites together in one data centre. When one fell, they all fell. The back-ups failed. Hopefully next time they’ll have better back-ups and this kind of thing shouldn’t happen,” he said. “Those were just the front-end sites. They don’t contain the actual classified information.”

The successful penetration of some of Israel’s most prominent sites would be a major embarrassment to the Israelis, who pioneered cyber security and whose algorithms protect large swaths of computerised banking and e-commerce around the world

Source and more at the Guardian


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For who not sees or who’s eyes are still closes. IOA has become exactly and even worse than those, they feared and hated once themselves. Using the same atrocities, policies to oppress, ethnically cleanse and eradicate human beings. Creating a new Shoah (Holocaust) for the Palestinians in 1948 with Al Nakba, and sustaining it by hasbara and the world’s ignorance or at least those not using their own mind to reconsider the realistic facts. So Hasbara in 16 words explained:

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