Hacker collective Anonymous has taken down over ten Israeli websites associated with government institutions in protest of Israel’s military engagement in Gaza, which has resulted in the death of over 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians.
The attack has been cited as a move of solidarity with Palestinians following Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli websites taken down, and that have subsequently become inaccessible, include Israeli Defence Forces’ website, Israel’s Ministry of Finance website, and Israeli embassy in the US’ website, along with others.
Tango Down, the name of Anonymous’ operation, is a term used during military operations to state that an enemy or terrorist has been eliminated or killed.
A tweet listing a handful of the Israeli websites taken down by Anonymous’ most recent operation
In a link provided via an Anonymous associated Twitter account, one of the suspected hackers states, “I am a #Anonmyous, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all. #AntiSec.”
“WE ARE Anonymous ————- You never know what results will come from your actions. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. #Anonymous #AntiSec,” the message added.
Politically-oriented cyber attacks have increased globally following the inception of the hacktivist group Anonymous in 2003, who rose to prominence by developing security measures to protect Internet users from government spying such as Operation Tunisia as well as attacking the New York Stock Exchange website.
#AntiSec also refers to Operation Anti-Security, a joint initiative by hacker collectives LulzSec, Anonymous, and others.
The collaborative efforts behind Operation Anti-Security include high-profile cyber attacks on Sony Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, and the US Central Intelligence Agency, among others.
Many of the government associated Israeli websites are still down at the moment this article was written.