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[ISN] Anonymous Launches OpIsrael DDoS Attacks After Internet Threat
By Mathew J. Schwartz
November 15, 2012
The hacktivist group Anonymous Thursday announced that it would begin
launching online attacks against a number of Israeli government sites,
as part of its ongoing Operation Israel (OpIsrael).
The Anonymous distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks began at 10
a.m. Israeli time (3 a.m. Eastern time).
"Since this morning they've been trying to take down several Israeli
websites, including the prime minister's website, the IDF [Israel
Defense Force] website, banks, airlines, and so on," said Ronen Kenig,
director of product marketing for security products at Radware, speaking
by phone from Tel Aviv. "They published a list of four to five attack
tools that they've asked their supporters to use, including the mobile
LOIC, and network flooding attack tools." In addition, he said,
attackers have been launching brute-force attacks against the IDF's
blog, in an attempt to find working access credentials.
To date, however, the attacks -- which Kenig characterized as being
"well coordinated" -- appear to have had minimal effect against the
public-facing websites. "Some websites have suffered from defacements,"
he said. "None of the government ones, but some private ones that may
relate somehow to military equipment have been defaced."
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