Cyberwar In Israel & Gaza

A wave of hacking attacks on Israeli targets has added a cyber dimension to the conflict with Hamas. The conflict between Israel and its Arab neighbours routinely attracts both intense global interest and politically minded hackers, dubbed hacktivists, who piggyback on the fighting, either to support their side and generate attention.

The most significant measures by the Palestinians may have been the preparation earlier this year, when a  group that Microsoft has names Storm-1133 attacked energy, defence and telecoms companies inside Israel.

More than 100 websites in Israel have been either defaced or temporarily disrupted through simple distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), which work by flooding a site with a rush of inauthentic traffic, according to security analysts. Hacktivist groups say they are hitting Israeli targets online amid the war in Israel and Gaza, disrupting and defacing websites like the Jerusalem Post."The attackers have managed to knock us offline for extended periods over the past few days," Jerusalem Post editor Avi Mayer told reporters. "This is a blatant assault on freedom of the press."

Hacking groups, including some linked to Russia, are attacking Israeli government and media websites, siding  with Hamas, launched a series of deadly strikes on Israel last week. Many of these groups have previously been focused on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and are  switchingcjing their focus to the Israel-Hamas conflict

One such groups is Killnet, that comprises Russian volunteer hackers, that announced that it would target all Israeli government systems with DDoS traffic and forces to drive them offline. Killnet has blamed Israel for bloodshed in Gaza 

Cyber security firm Group-IB said hackers had compromised a mobile phone application that is used to issue missile alerts to Israeli users during periods of conflict. The hackers exploited a vulnerability in the app to insert fake notifications and inflammatory messages. 

Group-IB said the app since appeared to have been removed from Google’s Play Store, where it had been downloaded 1 million times. 

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