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April 2, 2015

Hackers Directly Threaten Individual Israeli Citizens

As hackers proceed with OpIsrael, an annual anti-Israel cyber-attack campaign, AnonGhost, a prominent hacker group with an Islamic extremist agenda claims that they are sending some Israeli citizens threatening messages via various messaging apps including Facebook and WhatsApp. These messages include threats of violence, vile language, and anti-Semitism.anonghost-opisrael

While these claims remain unconfirmed, AnonGhost claims it acquired a large amount of personal information about Israelis including phone numbers and Facebook accounts. The group distributed a list of more than two hundred Israeli phone numbers supposedly associated with WhatsApp accounts and promised that there are more numbers to be released on April 7, the official start date of OpIsrael. Anonymous hackers have also shared the list of WhatsApp contacts obtained by AnonGhost on their social media platforms.

Hackers have also shared what appear to be images of threatening messages they sent to Israeli citizens using Whatsapp, including “All your Private confidential details are in our hands, including your phone number/Your Home….we will kill you all of the Jews/Israelian.[sic].”

Other images show that hackers supposedly have made phone calls to threaten Israelis using the free calling feature on WhatsApp. It is unclear at this point what was said during the calls, but supposed screenshots of active WhatsApp calls indicate that this most likely is another tactic to intimidate Israelis.

Muhammed Nazmi (aka DonNazmi), one of the leaders of AnonGhost, posted images of what appear to be samples of messages he sent to Israelis. According to one  image, he initiated a conversation with an Israeli and once the Israeli responded, Nazmi sent a threatening message which included an image of an ISIS fighter with the caption, “We are coming O Jews to kill you.” Under the image, a message reads, “I am Donnazmi[blurred] from AnonGhost Team. Send This Msg to your GOV Israel you better get ready to be prepared #opIsrael 07/04/2015 is coming.”

Another image posted by Nazmi shows a message that includes what appears to be a personal family picture sent to a father with his children circled in red and a caption that reads, “I’ll stick a knife in their throats.”

Other hackers claimed that they hacked into Facebook chats with Israelis and posted images of conversations in which they injected comments such as “F**K Israel.”

As this campaign against continues, more Israelis will likely have to deal with such alarming messages.

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March 31, 2015

Rival Hackers Overcome Differences For Anti-Israel Cyber Campaign

Update — 4/2/15: For more information on OpIsrael, please see Hackers Directly Threaten Individual Israeli Citizens.

What has become an annual cyber campaign against Israel, “OpIsrael” – which coincided with Holocaust Remembrance Day in previous years – is once again taking place this year; this time, by a broader coalition of hackers than ever before.AnonGhost OpIsrael 2015

In light of the uptick in attacks against Jewish institutional websites in the U.S. by international hacking groups over the past few years, both Israeli and Jewish websites worldwide are expected to be targets of the cyber campaign.

In 2014, “OpIsrael” was primarily led by an Arab sub-division of Anonymous, which called for a cyber-attack against Israel on Holo­caust Remem­brance Day, threat­ening to launch “elec­tronic attacks against as many Israeli web­sites as pos­si­ble.” The group also threat­ened Israeli cit­i­zens: “Your credit cards, your bank accounts, your servers … are ALL in a danger!” In 2013, the group called for a similar campaign timed with Holo­caust Remem­brance Day to “wipe Israel off the Internet.”

This year, the Arab sub-division of Anonymous, in one of the videos it posted on YouTube, described “OpIsrael,” as an “Electronic Holocaust.”

There are strong indications, however, that AnonGhost, a prominent hacker group known for targeting Jewish and American websites, is seeking to replace Anonymous in spearheading “OpIsrael.”

For example, earlier this month, AnonGhost launched and promoted software enabling users to conduct cyber-attacks against Israeli (and other) targets. The software appears to enable users to initiate denial of service (DOS) attacks. AnonGhost has already claimed responsibility for the hacking of several Israeli websites in the past week in the lead up to “OpIsrael.”

On March 31, AnonGhost members claimed that they started messaging Israeli citizens with warnings about OpIsrael. The threatening messages included an image of an ISIS fighter with the caption, “We are coming O Jews to kill you.” Under the image, AnonGhost members introduce themselves and ask the recipients to deliver the warning to the Israeli government.

An image of the threatening message sent to Israeli citizens featuring an ISIS fighter

An image of the threatening message sent to Israeli citizens featuring an ISIS fighter

By injecting itself into “OpIsrael,” AnonGhost may take the campaign into a more extreme direction. For example, AnonGhost has been unambiguous about supporting ISIS and has carried out hacks on its behalf. This activity differs from the Anonymous collective, which has launched cyber-campaigns to counter ISIS’ online presence. In January 2015, for example, theylaunched a campaign against Jihadist websites titled OpCharlieHebdo in response to terrorist attacks in France.

There are indications that AnonGhost and the broader Anonymous collective have even engaged in a cyber-conflict against each other; Mauritania Attacker, the ostensible leader of AnonGhost, claims to have hacked a group of Anonymous members known as “Anonymous Squad No.035,” the Serbian sub-division of Anonymous.Anonymous OpIsrael 2015

The apparent conflict between AnonGhost and the Anonymous collective, however, does not seem to have prevented them both from participating in this year’s “OpIsrael.” Opposition to Israel seems to be a common cause.

It is important to note that ADL is currently unaware of any specific cyber threat to the American Jewish community. Nevertheless, we are urging Jewish communities to revisit and reassess their cyber-security plans, measures, and procedures.

Related Information:

ADL Alerts U.S. Synagogues to Protect Against Online Hackers

ISIS Establishes A Cyber-Alliance With Anti-Israel Hackers

Hackers Post Anti-Semitism On U.S. Universities’ Websites

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January 29, 2015

ISIS Establishes A Cyber-Alliance With Anti-Israel Hackers


“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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