Israel suffered a series of cyber attacks over the weekend after its retaliatory strikes against Gaza.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Israeli government had been the victim of ‘a mass cyber-warfare campaign over Gaza' with Israeli finance minister Yuval Steinitz saying that the government was waging war on ‘a second front - of cyber attacks against Israel' and that in the past four days, Israel had ‘deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites', with only one successful in downing a website ‘for six or seven minutes'.
Hacktivist group Anonymous led some of the offensives, with attacks directed at a number of Israeli websites. It also claimed to have defaced more than 600 websites, the majority of which use the .il domain. The personal details of more than 3,000 ‘Israel supporters' were also released, including names, home addresses and phone numbers. Anonymous also claimed that this list included US senators.
Another list apparently included the details of 5,000 Israeli officials.
Anonymous said in a statement: “For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called 'Occupied Territories' by the Israel Defence Force.
“But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand.”