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Hacktivists Wage War Against Israel

Group known as ‘Anonymous’  hacks IDF sites

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One group of activists has dropped the rockets. An international group of hackers known as ‘Anonymous’ have taken to cyberspace to express their collective discontent of the recent Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

According to the New York Times, a Tel Aviv-based security firm Radware says:

…a coordinated action that began at 3 a.m. New York time Thursday, hackers attacked Web sites belonging to the Israel Defense Forces, the prime minister’s office, Israeli banks, airlines, and security companies by flooding them with Web traffic, in a campaign they called #OpIsrael.

The cyber activity may be in response to the Israel Defense Force’s similar efforts to maintain an active presence on social media websites such as Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. The IDF even posted a YouTube video of the targeted attack that killed Hamas chief Ahmed Jabari yesterday.

One of Anonymous’s main online targets has been the website that they claim, perhaps erroneously, to be Israel’s “top security and surveillance website.” The new homepage has a black background with red text that reads “Stop bombing Gaza!! Millions of Israelis & Palestinians are lying awake, exposed & terrified. We Anonymous will not sit back and watch a cowardly Zionist State demolish innocent people’s lives.” It also features an image of Gaza, with several smoke plumes rising from buildings.

Other strange cyber activity has been taking place today, such as a plethora of bizarre tweets posted by Twitter handle @IDFSpokeperson that could only be accounted for by an ironic takeover of account. One example is pasted below. Others include “@netanyahu how many do we have to kill to help you win the election sir?” and “@TheGreenParty What about all that pollution caused by the rockets?”

Anonymous is only a loosely associated group, comprised of anyone who wishes to join the effort. They regularly recruit volunteers and publicize their their cyber attacks on a website called Pastebin. Today, the site’s editors concluded a series of defamatory comments with a more egalitarian message:

Anonymous does not support violence by the I.D.F. or by Palestinian Resistance/Hamas. Our concern is for the children of Israel and Palestinian Territories and the rights of the people in Gaza to maintain open lines of communication with the outside world.

Amen to that. @Peace: our thoughts, prayers, and Twitter accounts are rooting for you.

Anonymous Hackers Deface Israeli Websites in Retaliation to Gaza Attacks
Anonymous Attacks Israeli Sites [NYT]

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AriShavit says:

Other websites are reporting that Anonymous is getting involved because of threats Israeli leaders made to block internet traffic in Gaza.

Have such threats actually been made by anyone in Israel?

    hypnosifl says:

    I might agree if you said “Hamas wouldn’t have a working website”, but all of Gaza? Do you believe in collective punishment of everyone in a geographic region/ethnic group for crimes perpetrated by a small number of members of that region/group?

    And how many children (or adults) in Sderot have actually been killed or injured since the Iron Dome missile defense system was put into place? Even if the answer is few or none, of course they may still be traumatized…still, I think the principle of “proportional response” applies, no military response by Israel to the rocket attacks can be counted as just if it is likely to kill/injure far more innocents than are killed or injured by Hamas attacks (I’m not picking on Israel here–by the same token, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were wildly unjust as responses to Sep. 11, for example).

      hypnosifl says:

      When I posted the above I hadn’t known that Hamas now has more powerful long-range rockets that it is targeting at Tel Aviv and perhaps Jerusalem too, as described here. I do think that changes the situation significantly, it’s hard to imagine any country not wanting to try and put a stop to that sort of threat. So the question then is, is Israel doing the best it can to minimize civilian casualties in Gaza, or is there some other strategy they could use that would have a good shot of stopping Hamas from launching these rockets but kill less civilians?

Freedom of information is not a crime Israel’s leveling of Gaza City is. A war crime.


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Hacktivists Wage War Against Israel

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