Operation Protective Edge is continuing with weapons and people but also on the internet. In the last few days there have ongoing attempts to turn the Israeli Internet off, using cyber attacks, SHABAK said this week. The sources of the attacks are hacker groups from all over the world, especially the Arab world.
“The meaning of the attackers is to destroy Israel’s web, using extreme volumes of traffic and thus lead to the net’s collapse,” SHABAK’s statement said. The organization’s cyber defense unit is working in collaboration with communication bodies in Israel, private entities and the ministry of communication to prevent the attacks. SHABAK estimates that the efforts of these groups will intensify in the next few days due to IDF’s actions in the Gaza strip.”
SHABAK also recommended to firms and enterprises who are experiencing difficulties in internet connection or in supplying service to notify their internet provider in such occurrences. This attack is similar to the one ‘Anonymous’ carried out this April.
The Israeli Internet association (IIA) reported on attacks on DNS servers and that websites with the IL country URL address got blocked were blocked for access from abroad to defend them from the attack. The IIA worked with internet suppliers as well as other organizations and firms, and the defensive effort carried fruit: not even one of the Israeli websites were damaged from the attack.
“Cyber attacks are terror, plain and simple, and their intention is to extract psychological pressure on Israel, to slow the internet infrastructure and to hurt the normal way of life in this country. DDOS attacks occur every day, and the IIA deals with them professionally and successfully,” said Dinna Beer, Co CEO of the IIA