The biggest hacker offensive ever in Israel: this is how the attack that yesterday took offline many government sites in the country, from the ministry of the interior to that of justice up to the portal of the office of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, was defined. According to reports from the National Cyber Directorate, the situation should have returned to normal after a long night of work by the experts to restore the system.
A DDoS attack against a communications provider has been identified in the last few hours. As a result, access to several websites – including government sites – was blocked for some time. At the moment, all the websites are back up and running.
REVENGE OF IRAN?
Now the hunt for the culprit has begun, even if it is known that in these conditions it is not at all easy to discover the origin of the attack and even more so those responsible. However, the first reconstructions show how hacker activities explicitly targeted sites with the domain gov.iltherefore institutional, and given the proportions it is believed that the responsibility lies with a hostile foreign government. The most credited suspect would be a group of incoming hackers from Iran. The Israeli government is hitting this trail by assuming that Tehran commissioned the attack in revenge for an Israeli-led operation against an Iranian nuclear facility.
Despite the enormous proportions of the attack, the damage appears to have been little, limited above all to the inability to reach government sites for a few hours (DDos attack, Digital-Denial of service). At the moment there appears to have been no theft of sensitive data, but for security reasons the government decreed a state of emergency, then everything went back to working properly.
So in its form it seemed like an attack of intimidation, nothing to do with what happened repeatedly in Ukraine in recent days, when first the Ministry of Defense (as well as two banks) were targeted, then they were hit by a massive phishing campaign the European institutions that are moving to support refugees.
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