According to a report on the Hacker Post website, the hacktivist group Anonymous along with several groups of hackers are planning a massive cyber-attack against Israel on the 7th of April 2013. Organizers of the attack are threatening to “erase Israel from the Internet.”
The campaign was initiated and announced by a hacker who goes by the name of Anon Ghost. Titled under the name of #OpIsrael, the campaign is being supported by a myriad of known hacktivists with a history of carrying out state-targeted attacks. A few solidarity attacks are already underway. A few state-run websites including properties owned by Israel have also been affected.
Israel is apparently taking the threats seriously, with defensive preparations underway. Officer Ben Avi, Director of online group Accessible Government told Haaretz,
“It’s something being organized online over the past few days. What distinguishes this plan when compared to previous attacks is that it really seems to be organized by Anonymous-affiliated groups from around the world in what looks like a joining of forces.”
According to the source, some 700 Israeli websites have suffered repeated cyber-attacks, including high-profile government systems such as the Foreign Ministry and the Israeli President’s official website. The Israeli Finance Ministry reported an estimated 44 million unique attacks on government websites.
Following #OpIsrael, Anonymous posted the online personal data of 5000 Israeli officials, including names, ID numbers and personal emails.
Anonymous was also involved in an attack in which the details of some 600,000 users of the popular Israeli email service Walla were exposed online.
A similar campaign was launched by Anonymous in November 2012, in support of Palestine during the Israel-Gaza conflict.