Anonymous hacktivists show Gaza support by attacking Israeli Govt. websites
Notorious hacking group Anonymous have reportedly attacked websites belonging to the Israeli government as the nation continues its deadly conflict against Hamas in the Palestinian city of Gaza.
The hacktivist group announced a mission to crash and deface websites belonging to the Israeli Defense Forces, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli websites belonging to security and financial corporations, The Huffington Post reports.
According to the paper, on Twitter, an account linked to Anonymous called on followers to bring down more than 40 websites belonging to the Israeli government and military. The group is known for launching so-called "denial of service" attacks that overwhelm websites with traffic, causing them to crash.
"To the people of Gaza and the 'Occupied Territories', know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight," the group said in a statement.
"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," the statement added.
The hacker group posted a message on one website claiming to have taken down Israeli's "top security and surveillance website," the paper said.
The statement also included a photo of what the group said were burning buildings in Gaza and said: "We Anonymous will not sit back and watch a cowardly Zionist State demolish innocent people's lives."
The long-simmering conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians sharply escalated Wednesday, with both sides launching airstrikes. The fighting has killed at least 15 Palestinians and at least three people in Israel over the past two days, the paper added.