Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Aiming Below the Belt. Anonymous takes down site of Israeli Urological Association

Proving Saul Alinksy's old adage "the threat is worse than the thing itself", Anonymous's threat of an "Electronic Holocaust" aimed at Israel has been less than successful.

The promised April 7 day of rage targeted websites throughout Israel,  yet only a handful were taken out of service.  Some soft targets, such as the websites of musicians Shalom Hanoch,  Ivri Lider,  Hadag Nachash and the Israeli Center for Excellence through Education were hacked. Government websites were unaffected.

In a move that can only be described as hitting below the belt,  the Israeli Urological Association was temporarily taken down. 

From Newsweek:

Benjamin T. Decker, senior intelligence analyst at Tel Aviv-based geopolitical risk consultancy the Levantine Group, says that this cyber attack represents the least effective of the last four years of attacks as Israeli authorities grow increasingly capable of defending against these cyber attacks.
“The ‘electronic Holocaust’ has not had the grandiose impact of erasing Israel from the internet,” he says. “It’s important to note that this is being led exclusively by the Middle Eastern contingent of Anonymous, rather than the entirety of the organisation.”
“For most of these claimed hacks, the websites were back online within 10 to 15 minutes,” he adds. “I would say this had significantly less impact than last year’s and going back farther, this is probably the most miniscule of the annual OpIsraels that there have been.”

1 comment:

Geoff Kl said...

the vast majority of anon are kids in mommy's basement....they arent hackers in the true sense of the word, as none can actually code...they just allow their machines to be used for dos attacks.

there was a time when anon did use their skills for good...for example hacking into and disseminating intel on scientology

now, they are no better then a tagging crew