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March 14, 2014 1

Hackers Target Israel On Holocaust Remembrance Day

A hacker group known as Anony­mous Arab has announced plans to ini­ti­ate a cyber-attack against Israel on Holo­caust Remem­brance Day (April 7). The cam­paign, called OpIs­rael, is being pro­moted on mul­ti­ple social media plat­forms in order to attract hack­ers from around the world.  opisrael-anonymous-arab-april-7-holocaust-remembrance-day

In a state­ment on the Anony­mous Arab Face­book page, the group threat­ened to launch “elec­tronic attacks against as many Israeli web­sites as pos­si­ble.” The group also threat­ens Israeli cit­i­zens: “Your credit cards, your bank accounts, your servers … are ALL in a danger!”

Last year, Anony­mous Arab issued a sim­i­lar warn­ing around the same time to “wipe Israel off the Inter­net.” The warn­ing was fol­lowed by a series of cyber-attacks against Israeli gov­ern­ment, mil­i­tary and pri­vate web­sites, although with lim­ited results.

The Face­book page includes tuto­r­ial videos on hack­ing web­sites. One post reads, “Guys who are expe­ri­enced in the DOS Attack [Denial of Ser­vice Attacks], prepa­ra­tions must be made to attack the web­site of the Zion­ist Min­istry of For­eign Affairs.” The post specif­i­cally men­tions the Farsi lan­guage web­site of the Israeli Min­istry of For­eign Affairs.

Another post reads, “Now, Attack. Stop the ser­vice on the Israeli weapons web­site.” The post also lists tac­ti­cal instruc­tions and asks par­tic­i­pants to hide their IP [Inter­net Pro­to­col] so they can­not be tracked.

The past few years wit­nessed an esca­la­tion in cyber-attacks against Israel by var­i­ous hacker groups from all across the Arab World. Hack­ers have also increased their attacks against the web­sites of Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the United States.

Hack­ers who tar­get Israel often claim their attack is part of an elec­tronic Jihad against the State of Israel in defense of the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple, but the tim­ing of this cam­paign to coin­cide with Holo­caust Remem­brance Day demon­strates an anti-Semitic bent.

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September 12, 2013 2

9/11 Conspiracy Cited In New Call To Hack Israeli Websites

A video mes­sage posted online on Sep­tem­ber 10th threat­ened to launch a hack­ing oper­a­tion against Israel on 9/11 under the name “OpIs­rael Reborn.”Myths Hackers Team for blog

The video, which starts off by call­ing for the oper­a­tion against Israel,  shows footage of the World Trade Cen­ter attack, Osama bin Laden, the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other scenes from U.S. mil­i­tary oper­a­tions. The hack­ers claim that Israel and the U.S. are the real ter­ror­ists and imply that Israel was respon­si­ble for 9/11, a widely cir­cu­lated con­spir­acy the­ory that has been prop­a­gated by left and right-wing extrem­ists in the dozen years since the 2001 attack. Other writ­ten state­ments that appear in the video refer to the 9/11 attacks as a lie and claim that Israel does not exist, “it is Palestine.”

The video was released by an Egypt-based hacker group called “Myths Hack­ers Team.” Sev­eral other inter­na­tional hack­ing groups called for sim­i­lar attacks against Israel on 9/11 but based on Israeli media reports thus far, none of these efforts were par­tic­u­larly successful.

In the video, Myths Hack­ers Team also claimed respon­si­bil­ity for an April hack­ing oper­a­tion against Israel.

The group  has an Islamist bent and is sym­pa­thetic to the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Egypt, as illus­trated by var­i­ous posts on its Face­book page. It claims that it has suc­cess­fully hacked more than 200 Israeli web­sites, includ­ing the web­sites of mil­i­tary agen­cies. One post on the Face­book page reads: “We will not stop, we will not for­give, we will not for­get… it’s only the begin­ning, what is com­ing is more. We promised to start the war and it will not end until we announce that we are finished.”

The first “OpIs­rael” hack­ing inci­dent took place dur­ing Israel’s Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Gaza last Novem­ber, when hack­ers tar­geted, and in some cases defaced, var­i­ous Israeli web­sites. A sim­i­lar hack­ing oper­a­tion timed to coin­cide with Holo­caust Remem­brance Day in April of this year was dubbed “OpIsrael2.”

Past cyber-attacks against Israeli and Jew­ish insti­tu­tions have been labeled by some Islamist activists as “elec­tronic jihad.” ADL has pre­vi­ously issued numer­ous reports about anti-Semitic 9/11-related con­spir­acy the­o­ries, warn­ing that “alle­ga­tions of Jew­ish cul­pa­bil­ity in the 9/11 attacks may even be used as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for future acts of anti-Semitic violence.”

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