Anonymous Claims To Have Caused $3 Billion Loss In Israel Cyberattack

This is the second major attempt from Anonymous to stall Israel’s IT infrastructure, after last November’s #OpIsrael. The attack was pre-announced, and undertaken by the hactivist group in response to Israel’s threat to “sever all Internet and other telecommunications in and outside of Gaza.”

Anonymous Logo, Image Credit: Twitter

In accordance with the warning issued last week to “disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace” on April 7, Anonymous launched a cyberattack on the country yesterday. The group claimed that is had hacked more than a dozen official Israeli Web sites, including those for the Israel Police, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israel Securities Authority, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, and the Central Bureau of Statistics. CNET has reported that the Ministry of Defence’s website was offline yesterday.

Anonymous claimed that it had hacked more than 100,000 websites, 40,000 Facebook pages, 5,000 Twitter accounts, and 30,000 Israeli bank accounts, summing up the damage to more than $3 billion.

However, Israeli officials have turned down the claim. Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, of the government’s National Cyber Bureau said, “So far it is as was expected, there is hardly any real damage.” He added, “Anonymous doesn’t have the skills to damage the country’s vital infrastructure. And if that was its intention, then it wouldn’t have announced the attack ahead of time. It wants to create noise in the media about issues that are close to its heart.”

Thanks to: CNET

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