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January 29, 2015

ISIS Establishes A Cyber-Alliance With Anti-Israel Hackers

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“Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad” claim of responsibility.

Several pro-ISIS Twitter accounts that promote the terrorist group’s propaganda are collaborating with established anti-Israel hackers in an effort to increase cyber-attacks on behalf of ISIS.

On January 13, the Alazm Center Twitter account, which has over 5,000 followers, called on hackers to contact them. Since then, a group of anti-Israel hackers calling themselves “Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad” has claimed responsibility for several attacks against Israeli websites on behalf of ISIS.

The group claims to have hacked the website of a security contractor in Israel, a tour organizer and few other Israeli businesses by redirecting visitors to websites featuring the name and flag of ISIS along with the signature of “Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad.”

“Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad” claimed responsibility for these attacks in a statement on JustPaste.it, a file sharing site ISIS has been using to publish its statements anonymously. The statement said, “Thanks to God, below is today’s summary of hacking websites which is part of a campaign against Zionist websites” and included a list of individual hackers affiliated with “Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad.”

Videos of the hacks were also made available on Aljyyosh (“the armies” in Ara­bic), an online forum for Arab hackers that have claimed responsibility for stealing per­sonal infor­ma­tion belong­ing to Amer­i­can Jews and Israelis. The videos show the hacked websites defaced with ISIS flags and the logo of the “Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad” along with a song that begins with, “Report our greetings to Abu Bakir [ISIS’ leader].”

Several of the names listed in that statement have previously taken part in other cyber-attacks against Israeli websites on behalf of groups in North Africa such as Al Falaga, a Tunisian hacker group that participated in a large-scale cyber-attack on Israel on Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2013.

Another ISIS Twitter account, Mo7_AbuAzzamNM, which has over 1,000 followers and identifies itself as the “Hacker of the Caliphate State,” posted other statements praising the hacking of “Zionist websites” and sharing links to the statement by “Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad.” On January 16, Mo7_AbuAzzamNM Tweeted “America has drones, but we have cyber experience. Oh mule of the Jews [Obama], the coming days will show you.”

Prior to their apparent collaboration with ISIS, “Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad” posted a video on YouTube on November 29, 2014, declaring its allegiance to the Islamic State. The video showed a masked man reading a message in Arabic saying, “We the Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad declare our support for the Islamic State in Iraq and Levantine with all our force and capabilities.” It is possible that the video attracted the attention of ISIS, and led to the more recent collective efforts.

Alazm Center's Twitter Logo

Alazm Center’s Twitter Logo

“Terrorists Team for Electronic Jihad” also operates a Facebook page and a Twitter account that have included messages in support of ISIS. “May allah bless the #ISIS,” read one post on October 8.

Another prominent hacker group that has targeted Jewish, Israeli and American websites called AnonGhost is also showing increasing interest in ISIS. A Twitter account of Mauritania Attacker, the presumed leader of AnonGhost posted several comments in the past few days related to cyber-attacks in the name of ISIS and shared a video claiming to show ISIS how to avoid being monitored by the CIA.

Cyber-attacks on behalf of ISIS have increased over the past several months. In addition to the hacking of Twitter and YouTube accounts affiliated with U.S. Central Command, Jewish institutions, universities and other websites and been targeted as well.

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April 9, 2013

Electronic Jihad Targets Israel On Holocaust Remembrance Day

As Israelis and Jews prepared to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, various hacker groups launched a campaign on Sunday to “wipe Israel off the Internet.”

While described by some hackers as an attack against Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians, the campaign was specifically timed with Holocaust Remembrance Day and has featured strong anti-Semitic rhetoric, including Holocaust denial.

For example, a group calling itself Anonymous Arab posted an Arabic-language YouTube video on April 6 calling for the removal the ‘Zionist Entity’ from the internet.” The video says there is “no proof” that the Holocaust took place – “you have fabricated with your partners” – and that Israel is “unworthy to exist in your current form.”

“So long as your regime exists,” the video says, “peace shall be hindered.”

In addition, the Lebanonbased satellite television station Al Mayadeen aired an interview with a representative of Al Falaga, a Tunisian hacker group that participated in the cyber-attack. In the interview, the representative said, “We chose this day because it’s the memory of the Holocaust when the Jews were burned by the hands of Hitler and today they burn by our hands.” The interview was posted later on the Facebook page of Al Falaga.

According to initial reports, the cyber-attack, which was announced several months ago as “OpIsrael2,” affected some Israeli government and defense sites, but failed to bring them down.

Several hacker groups participated in this campaign. A pro-Hamas hacker group, Al-Qassam Electronic Brigades, posted a YouTube video on April 7 that included what appears to be a recording of a hacking operation against the website of one of Israel’s political parties, Kadima.

The Moroccan Ghosts, a politically motivated hackers group that has previously targeted the web­sites of Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the U.S., published on their Facebook page a long list of hacked websites that they claim are either Israeli are Jewish-operated.

Some of the websites hacked by the Moroccan Ghosts were defaced with anti-Israel slurs and loaded with a media player that recited verses from the Quran. Despite the claims that they targeted Israeli and Jewish-operated websites, some of the listed sites have no apparent affiliation with Israel or Jews, and may have been included because they were an easy-to-hack and serve to inflate the impact of the cyber-attack.

In addition, several pro-Hamas websites, Facebook pages and other hacker forums posted threads claiming hacking operations against Jews and Israelis worldwide.

The first OpIsrael took place during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza last November, when hackers targeted, and in some cases defaced, various Israeli websites.

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