Feeds

Israeli deputy PM's social media hacked by pro-Palestine group

Cyber attacks continue in wake of Gaza bombardment

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Israel's deputy prime minister Silvan Shalom has become the latest victim of the escalating cyber conflict between Israel and Palestine after his social media accounts were hacked and used to issue pro-Palestine propaganda.

Shalom’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger and LinkedIn accounts were hacked by a pro-Palestine group known as ZCompany Hacking Crew (ZHC), The Times of India reported.

The group is said to have posted videos on Shalom's YouTube account depicting alleged Israeli atrocities against Palestine, while typical tweets included: "Get out of Palestine > Israeli Zionists! Stop the attacks! End the slaughter of innocent people!!”

Although the social media accounts have now been reclaimed or taken offline, the hackers threatened to release private documents, contacts and even personal photos they claimed to have obtained by cracking Shalom's Gmail and Picasa account.

The attacks are the latest in a continuing online theatre of conflict which sparked into life after Israeli forces launched Operation Pillar of Defense – pounding Gaza for over a week in what it claimed was a bid to target terror groups in the region that had been firing rockets at civilian targets within Israel.

Pro-Palestine hacktivists, including Anonymous, have sought to hit back, launching an estimated 100 million DDoS and web defacement attacks on Israeli web sites, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

"In the first two days of the operation, we saw as many attempts to hack government websites as we usually see in a full month," acting head of E-Government, Ofir Ben Avi, told the paper.

"The number of denial-of-service attacks is like nothing we've ever seen before."

The Bank of Jerusalem’s online services were apparently taken out for a few hours, as was the Israel Defense Force’s blog, and hundreds of privately-owned Israeli web sites were defaced with pro-Hamas and Palestine messages.

However, for the most part Israel’s tech defences appear to have held firm, which one would expect from a country which allegedly had a hand in the development of the infamous Stuxnet and Flame malware.

Israel also had the upper hand in that Gaza’s internet and telecommunications networks run in and out of the country, giving Jerusalem the option of choking traffic in the region if it chooses to do so. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
Four fake Google haxbots hit YOUR WEBSITE every day
Goog the perfect ruse to slip into SEO orfice
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.