The Israeli Defense Ministry is trying to identify the perpetrators of a large-scale cyber attack that brought down a string of government websites.
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The targets included the websites of the prime minister and the defense and interior ministries, in what is believed to be the “biggest ever cyberattack in the country”, Al Jazeera reported.
Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (NCD) said the attack was a “denial of service” attack – in which cybercriminals “overwhelm the victim’s server with a series of requests data to cripple them,” the broadcaster explained.
The NCD “declared a state of emergency to study the extent of the damage caused by a ‘large-scale’ cyber attack” on Monday night, when government websites were down for more than an hour, The Times of Israel reported.
In a statement during the shutdown, the Ministry of Communications said: “Media companies have carried out activities to bring back services as soon as possible, and services are gradually returning. The ministry will continue to monitor [the situation] until full recovery. ”
The country’s “defense establishment” is also “checking strategic Israeli sites and government infrastructure, such as Israel’s water and electricity companies, to see if they have been hacked.” or not”, Haaretz reported.
But the main targets appear to be “sites using the .GOV.IL domain, which is used for all government websites and for those related to defense,” the news site added. .
The NCD last year warned of a “significant increase” in the “scale and quality of cyberattacks worldwide and in Israel,” Al Jazeera said.
A senior defense official told Haaretz they believe “a large state or organization” carried out the latest attack. But Israel has yet to name any suspects.
The attack prompted accusations of a failed Mossad campaign against Iran.
According to Iranian media, the Israeli intelligence agency tried to attack the “Islamic Republic”. Iran’s important Fordow nuclear enrichment site“, speak The Jerusalem Post. But “there is no way to independently confirm the report”.
The newspaper went on to say that Iran “regularly claims to have destroyed Mossad cells when in reality it is only arresting local opposition elements”. However, “some speculate” that the cyber attack “was part of Iran’s retaliation for its alleged attempt to sabotage Fordow.”
Al Jazeera said previous attacks on Israeli websites were also attributed “by attackers linked to Iran”. The two countries have long been enemies.locked in a shadow war including cyber attacks as well as targeting actual pages“.
New York Times Last November it was reported that both nations had expanded their cyber warfare “to attack civilian targets”, after a cyberattack on Iran’s nationwide fuel distribution system “paralyzed”. list” 4,300 gas stations of this country.
The blackout was “followed a few days later by cyberattacks in Israel targeting a major medical facility and a popular LGBTQ dating site,” the newspaper said. attacks that Israeli officials blame on Tehran or Iran-backed groups.
While Iran is still investigating the latest cyberattack, former senior official at Israel’s cyber regulator Rafael Franko told The Jerusalem Post that a hacking group linked to Iran was “behind the attacks”. network to the diamond exchange over the weekend”.
He warned that Israel should be on high alert “during these difficult times and leading up to the Passover holiday, when Israel’s adversaries often launch cyberattacks”.
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