Anonymous attacks 87 Israeli websites in defense of Gaza – stupid gameified IDF website may be root cause

// November 16th, 2012 // Hacking and Security


Anonymous LogoWhen your group has no defined organization, no membership requirements, and no formal method of determining targets, this is what you will sometimes get. Anonymous has launched a series of attacks against Israeli websites in an operation named #OpIsrael.  The group claimed the attacks were in response to the Israeli government’s threat to cut all Gaza telecommunication links but announcements posted on forums and messages left on the defaced websites suggest a political agenda instead.  Anonymous said this in their announcement of the pending hacks:

“For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called “Occupied Territories” by the Israel Defense Force.”

At the time of this writing, at least 87 websites were penetrated in the attacks with more attacks expected today.  Some websites were knocked offline while others had their homepages replaced with messages in support of Hamas and the Palestinians.

On the flip side, some rather childish (i.e. stupid) Israeli Defense Forces actions may have been the true “root cause” of the Anonymous attacks.  The “war blog”, which already was a bit disconcerting,  is now gameified. According to the BBC:

“At the same time as the Anonymous attacks were being carried out, the Israeli Defense Force [introduced features] on its [website] that reward people for repeat visits and interacting with the site. Called IDF Ranks, the tools add a “game” element to the blog and reward repeat visitors with points. When visitors have amassed enough points they get a virtual military rank. A visitor who goes to the site 10 times gets a “consistent” badge and someone who does lots of searches gets rewarded with the “research officer” rank.”

The following sites were listed on pastebin as defaced #OpIsrael victims.

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#OpIsrael #GazaUnderAttack

Anonymous posted the following as an explanation and preface to the Israeli website attacks:

“#opIsrael – Anonymous stands by Palestine in this time of war and grief

Greetings World

For far too long, Anonymous has stood by with the rest of the world and watched in despair the barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment of the Palestinian people in the so called “Occupied Territories” by the Israel Defense Force. Like so many around the globe, we have felt helpless in the face of such implacable evil. And today’s insane attack and threatened invasion of Gaza was more of the same.

But when the government of Israel publicly threatened to sever all Internet and other telecommunications into and out of Gaza they crossed a line in the sand. As the former dictator of Egypt Mubarack learned the hard way – we are ANONYMOUS and NO ONE shuts down the Internet on our watch. To the IDF and government of Israel we issue you this warning only once. Do NOT shut down the Internet into the “Occupied Territories”, and cease and desist from your terror upon the innocent people of Palestine or you will know the full and unbridled wrath of Anonymous. And like all the other evil governments that have faced our rage, you will NOT survive it unscathed.

To the people of Gaza and the “Occupied Territories”, know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight. We will do everything in our power to hinder the evil forces of the IDF arrayed against you. We will use all our resources to make certain you stay connected to the Internet and remain able to transmit your experiences to the world. As a start, we have put together the Anonymous Gaza Care Package – – which contains instructions in Arabic and English that can aid you in the event the Israel government makes good on it’s threat to attempt to sever your Internet connection. It also contains useful information on evading IDF surveillance, and some basic first aid and other useful information. We will continue to expand and improve this document in the coming days, and we will transmit it to you by every means at our disposal. We encourage you to download this package, and to share it with your fellow Palestinians to the best of your ability.

We will be with you. No matter how dark it may seem, no matter how alone and abandoned you may feel – know that tens of thousands of us in Anonymous are with you and working tirelessly around the clock to bring you every aid and assistance that we can.

We Are Anonymous
We Are Everywhere
We Are Legion
We Do Not Forgive
We Do Not Forget

To the oppressors of the innocent Palestinian people, it is too late to EXPECT US”

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