Israel army, intel websites down after hacker threat

Nov 06, 2011
The websites of Israel's army and intelligence services were down, two days after a hacker group appeared to threaten the Jewish state over its interception a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The websites of Israel's army and intelligence services were down Sunday, two days after a hacker group appeared to threaten the Jewish state over its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The websites of the Israel Defence Forces, Shin Bet domestic and the Mossad were all down.

"We can confirm that the has been down for several hours and an investigation is ongoing," a spokeswoman for Shin Bet told AFP.

The Israeli army also confirmed the IDF site had been down for several hours, but said there was no information on why.

"Initial investigations conducted by Tehila, the Internet company, indicate problems with the website servers," an IDF spokeswoman told AFP.

The website outages came two days after a video apparently from "hacktivist" group Anonymous was posted on , threatening the Israeli government with retaliation over its interception of two Gaza-bound ships.

The boats carrying 27 activists, crew and journalists were intercepted in international waters before they could breach Israel's blockade on the Palestinian territory.

The flotilla was the second time activists have tried to run the blockade since May 2010, when Israeli commandos raided a Turkish-led group of ships, killing nine Turkish activists and sparking a diplomatic crisis with Ankara.

The video, entitled "An open letter from Anonymous to the Government of Israel," accuses the Jewish state of "piracy on the high seas."

"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," the video warns.

It was not immediately possible to confirm whether the video was posted by the , which has claimed involvement in various hacker activity, including most recently exposing details of individuals who visited child porn sites.

And it was not clear whether the group was directly responsible for the website malfunctions, with Israeli officials declining comment on the issue.

Anonymous has been involved in scores of hacking exploits including the defacing of a website of Syria's defence ministry to protest a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.

Last year, the shadowy group launched retaliatory attacks on companies perceived to be enemies of the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

On Tuesday, a day after the Palestinians won full membership of UNESCO, over US and Israeli objections, hackers from around the world attacked Palestinian servers, cutting Internet service across the West Bank and Gaza.

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Doschx
5 / 5 (1) Nov 06, 2011
I can see no black or white in this sea of grey.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.3 / 5 (39) Nov 06, 2011
Isn't such a blockade an international act of war?

Why yes it is.....

The time has come to push Israel into the sea.
xznofile
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 07, 2011
"hackers from around the world"? who else besides the US & Israel has skin in that game?
kaasinees
1 / 5 (1) Nov 07, 2011
false flag attack?
bloodbones
1 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2011
"hackers from around the world"? who else besides the US & Israel has skin in that game?


U are kidding, right?
all eastern europe (russia in the head) all are full of hackers and "better" then americans
TheGhostofOtto1923
3 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2011
Isn't such a blockade an international act of war?

Why yes it is.....

The time has come to push Israel into the sea.
I have forwarded your comment to Mossad. Your bank account will soon drain, your laptop will burst into flame, and your moped will never run again.

Anonymous is toast. Nobody screws with Mossad.
DontBeBlind
3 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2011
Israel is like a little pit bull. Don't mess with them unless you want a nice chunk taken out of you @ss . :)
omatwankr
1 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2011
""hackers from around the world"?"

I'd gather they mean the source of the attack came from botnets which are "from around the world" the language is designed to to make it look less it was sponsored by, maybe, a petulant state with a case of sour grapes. :)
Vendicar_Decarian
0.2 / 5 (36) Nov 07, 2011
"Israel is like a little pit bull." - Don'tBe

Israel is more like a Terrorist nation that murders civilians, women and children with impunity and, due to criminal U.S. protection in the U.N., without fear of international reprisal for it's long list of international crimes.

kochevnik
not rated yet Nov 07, 2011
I like some Israelis and have even contemplated taking a stab at learning Hebrew someday. But their rogue rightwing apartheid government apparently took a page out of Mein Kampf. The fact they were established by the Rothchilds banksters and fly the Rothchilds symbol on their flag is all the more telling. Israel needs a spring revolution of their own.
Nerdyguy
5 / 5 (1) Nov 07, 2011
"hackers from around the world"? who else besides the US & Israel has skin in that game?


LMAO! You are under the mistaken impression that only the U.S. and Israel are against the radical Hezbollah takeover of Palestine? Educate yourself, and try again.
Nerdyguy
5 / 5 (1) Nov 07, 2011
I like some Israelis and have even contemplated taking a stab at learning Hebrew someday. But their rogue rightwing apartheid government apparently took a page out of Mein Kampf. The fact they were established by the Rothchilds banksters and fly the Rothchilds symbol on their flag is all the more telling. Israel needs a spring revolution of their own.


Israel is a democracy you crank.

They have a government elected by the people, which flies in the face of your ridiculous assertion of a "rogue" regime.

Why don't you uneducated and morally bankrupt radicals go immerse yourselves in some facts for a change?
Nerdyguy
not rated yet Nov 07, 2011
false flag attack?


False attempt at a rational conversation?
Nerdyguy
5 / 5 (2) Nov 07, 2011
Isn't such a blockade an international act of war?

Why yes it is.....

The time has come to push Israel into the sea.


In point of fact, the radical Hezbollah group has declared war on Israel. It has committed itself to not only the destruction of Israel but to a future course of pure hate-based ignorance by refusing to discuss, negotiate or in any way logically conclude an end to its long-running campaign of terror, anger, and hatred for an entire race of people.

In that sense, Israel is wise to commit to its own defense.
DontBeBlind
1 / 5 (3) Nov 10, 2011
"Israel is like a little pit bull." - Don'tBe

Israel is more like a Terrorist nation that murders civilians, women and children with impunity and, due to criminal U.S. protection in the U.N., without fear of international reprisal for it's long list of international crimes.



Care to show some proof of any of these crimes?
Killing people that launch rockets at them is not a crime.
Who are all these woman and children you speak of?
Vendicar_Decarian
0.2 / 5 (35) Nov 13, 2011
"But their rogue rightwing apartheid government apparently took a page out of Mein Kampf." - Kocher

I strongly suggest that you leave and absolve yourself of any complicity and ties with the Nazi like Israeli state.

My country is very accommodating and you are quite welcome to live here.
Vendicar_Decarian
0.2 / 5 (35) Nov 13, 2011
Vendicar_Decarian
0.2 / 5 (35) Nov 13, 2011
http://www.youtub...=related

http://www.youtub...P33-Hi1c

Should I continue linking video that is banned in America?

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