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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hackers pledge to attack Israeli websites on 9/11

A hacker group evidently protesting Israeli policies is planning a new round of cyberattacks on Israeli websites – scheduled for Wednesday, September 11.

The group, AnonGhost, has released a list of Israeli online targets, including numerous government websites, on Internet forums used by the Anonymous Collective.

In allusion to previous such cyberattacks, the operation is titled OpIsrael Reborn. Ahead of the attack, the group released 165,000 listings of names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of Israelis early on Monday. The information was likely obtained by hacking into an Israeli Web hosting site. It is yet unclear how updated this data is, or how many of the listings repeat themselves.

The group has called on members to vandalize Israeli websites or cause traffic that would prevent access to these sites. Both attack methods use automatic tools that do not require any programming skills.

AnonGhost's most recent known effort to initiate a cyberattack against Israeli sites took place in April, on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"You have not stopped your endless human rights violations," the Anonymous-affiliated organizers said in a post addressed to Israel's government at the time. "You have not stopped illegal settlements. You have not respected the cease-fire [ending Operation Pillar of Defense in November]. You have shown that you do not respect international law."

Shlomo Eisenberg, head of cyber intelligence at Cyuberlnt, a security company, has said that AnonGhost's April attempt was unsuccessful.

"AnonGhost's high media presence attracts 'Script Kiddies' – youths who use automatic tools to attack; but these may be joined by programmers with better skills," he added.

As in former attempts, Israelis are advised to strengthen their password and refrain from using generic pins such as 123456, as well as using the same password for different sites.

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