Cyber Strategies for a World at War

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Cyberwar Emerges Amid The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Gaza

By Mahran Amona
January 4, 2009
Aladdin

Since the beginning of the Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip, thousands of Israeli websites have come under cyber-attacks carried out by hacking groups operating out of Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iran.

A Moroccan Islamic group hacked into the registration system server of domainthenet.com on last Friday, and the main pages of more than 300 Israeli Web sites were defaced. The group hijacked the domains of major Israeli websites including Israeli Bank Discount, a website for weather forecast and the Israeli Ynet News, a popular Israeli news website. Visitors of the hijacked domains were rerouted to websites featuring images of the casualties of the ongoing Israeli offensive against Gaza, and with anti-Israeli and anti-U.S. messages.

Ynet reported that the hackers obtained a password which granted them access to the server, “which updates and ‘translates’ the websites’ IP addresses into a Domain Name Service; and change the IP’s numeral values, effectively rerouting users away from the original websites”. Ynet added also that the hackers did not hack into the actual websites but redirected the users to a “hostile” website, while other hackers managed to access original websites.

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  1. pochp says:

    This can be called Internet World War II. The first when Estonia was attacked allegedly by Russia.

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  2. Perhaps Russia’s cyber attack on Georgia was IWWII…who knows for sure how many battles there have been in this war. Here is a related post that I found that links to a Wired story: Many Help in Cyberwar Against Hamas Website

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  3. pochp says:

    Well, only fanatics would risk their pc’s to be in control of someone else.

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