Israel

Israel denies claims its security websites were brought down by Anonymous

Israel has denied rumours that Anonymous members brought down several Israeli security websites, including portals for the Mossad, the Shin Bet secret service, the Israeli army and some government ministries. All the sites seemed to be down shortly after an Anonymous threat to take action, but the sites are back up as of Monday morning.

In a video titled An Open Letter from Anonymous to the Government of Israel, a self-proclaimed member of Anonymous warns that action will be taken if Israel blocks more aid boats heading to Gaza. Subsequently, Israel boarded a Canadian and an Irish vessel taking aid to Gaza, causing a fresh round of international condemnation and potentially triggering a cyber-attack from Anonymous.

Critics are sceptical that the sites’ downtime was a coincidence, although some suggest that Israel has centralised all the sites on a single group of servers, making them vulnerable not only to DDOS attacks but also potentially to all coming down as the result of a single technical problem.

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