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December 2, 2014 0

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

Update — 12/04/14: ADL alerted Face­book about the “AnonG­host Team” page. The page has been removed. 

The hacker group AnonG­host Team claimed respon­si­bil­ity for the hack­ing of sev­eral Amer­i­can uni­ver­si­ties’ web­sites, includ­ing those of Port­land State Uni­ver­sity, Utah State Uni­ver­sity, Olin Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing, Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity in St. Louis and other edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions in the U.S.anon-ghost-hack

The hack­ings redi­rected web­site vis­i­tors either to pages play­ing a record­ing of the Quran and fea­tur­ing a mes­sage in Eng­lish that starts with an anti-Semitic pro-terror state­ment, “Death to All Jews…Viva Hamas, Qas­sam” or to a page fea­tur­ing anti-Israel images and play­ing a pro-Qassam anti-Semitic song with the lyrics, “Teach the son of the Jew­ish woman how many times we will con­quer him.”

These hack­ings rep­re­sent part of a grow­ing phe­nom­e­non of hacker groups direct­ing web­site vis­i­tors to anti-Semitic and anti-Israel messages.

The AnonG­host Team announced these hack­ings on their social media plat­forms and also posted sev­eral state­ments claim­ing respon­si­bil­ity for the hack­ing of a num­ber of other web­sites in the United States, the UK and other parts of the world.

AnonG­host includes a num­ber of hack­ers, mostly from North Africa, who are active in tar­get­ing Israeli and Jew­ish web­sites and express sup­port for ter­ror groups such as the Islamic State (ISIS) and Hamas. In the past, group mem­bers were among the active par­tic­i­pants in an orga­nized cam­paign to launch cyber-attacks against Israel known as OpIs­rael.

The group also claimed that ear­lier this year it hacked sev­eral Jew­ish insti­tu­tions’ web­sites, includ­ing those of the Colum­bia Jew­ish Con­gre­ga­tion, the Jew­ish Com­mu­nity Action, Jew­ish Peo­ple Around the World and sev­eral others.

A hacker call­ing him­self Muri­ta­nia Attacker appears to lead the AnonG­host Team. Muri­ta­nia Attacker is a self-described anti-Semite, writ­ing on Twit­ter on Novem­ber 26 that “I am proud to be Anti-semitic , Death To All Jews ! [sic].” In June 2014, Muri­ta­nia Attacker was quoted in an online inter­view describ­ing the hack­ers in the AnonG­host Team as “14 years to 35 years old” and added “they are well edu­cated , and they all go to school … they are not brain­washed they know the truth.”

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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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December 5, 2013 0

Head Of Pro-Palestinian Student Group Posts Inflammatory Comments On Israel

The head of the Gen­eral Union of Pales­tine Stu­dents (GUPS), which orga­nized an event at San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity in early Novem­ber that invited stu­dents to cre­ate plac­ards using a sten­cil that read “My heroes have always killed col­o­niz­ers,” has a record of post­ing inflam­ma­tory com­ments about Israel and its sup­port­ers via social media.mohammad-hammad-gups-israel

Shortly after the event at San Fran­cisco State Uni­ver­sity, sev­eral pro-Israel blogs uncov­ered a blog appar­ently main­tained by GUPS head Moham­mad Ham­mad on Tum­blr that con­tained a post fea­tur­ing an image of him hold­ing a knife.

The text accom­pa­ny­ing the photo indi­cated that Ham­mad would rel­ish the oppor­tu­nity to use the blade on an Israeli sol­dier. “I seri­ously can not get over how much I love this blade,” Ham­mad wrote. “It is the sharpest thing I own and cuts through every­thing like but­ter and just hold­ing it makes me want to stab an Israeli soldier…”

 That Tum­blr blog, and two oth­ers appar­ently owned by Ham­mad, have since been made private.

Hammad’s posts on his pub­lic Face­book and Twit­ter pages reveal a stu­dent with a record of express­ing desire for vio­lence against Israel and its sup­port­ers. In Decem­ber 2012, for exam­ple, Ham­mad responded to a tweet by a pro-Israel user about an Israeli sol­dier that had killed a Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist in the West Bank with the fol­low­ing remark: “You are a sick­en­ing sup­porter of ter­ror­ism, I only wish it were you on the other end of this monster’s barrel.”

In a recent tweet, he also described a hash­tag that was being used to poke fun at Hamas as being “enough to turn any­one into a mil­i­tant with your peo­ple as the targets.”

In the past year, Ham­mad, an Inter­na­tional Rela­tions major at the uni­ver­sity, has also retweeted sev­eral tweets by OpIs­rael, an inter­na­tional hack­ing group that tar­gets Israeli and pro-Israel Web sites. In Novem­ber 2012, he wrote a tweet about the hack­ing group Anonymous’s appar­ently suc­cess­ful hack­ing of an Israeli Web site with the hash­tag “#win.”

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