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Steinitz: Israel beat back 43, 999, 999 and a half cyber attacks
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 04:06:06 -0600 (CST)
By David Shamah
The Times of Israel
November 19, 2012
Ever since the beginning of Operation Pillar of Defense, hackers have
been working overtime to strike a blow against the Israeli government’s
computer systems, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday. No fewer
than 44 million attacks have been recorded since the operation began
five days ago — with nearly all of them failing, thanks to the recent
strengthening of computer defense systems in Israel.
Speaking at a special press conference at the Government Computing
Center in Jerusalem about the cyber war against Israel that has
accompanied Hamas’s rocket attacks, Steinitz said that hackers “are
trying to disable the symbols of Israeli sovereignty, to enter web sites
and install anti-Israel content, thus compromising information and data
and damaging the government’s ability to serve the public.” Most of the
attacks, he said, were against government sites, like the Prime
Minister’s Office site, and security-related sites, such as that of the
Home Front Command, the body charged with informing Israelis on how to
protect themselves in the event of an attack.
Out of those 44 million-plus attacks on government and defense related
sites, said Steinitz, only one succeeded – partially. One site, which he
did not name, was “wobbly for a few minutes,” but quickly recovered.
Even though the government has been successful in warding off hack
attacks, Steinitz said that government sites were fully backed up and
mirrored, meaning that they could be replaced by a duplicate site
instantly if the original site were compromised.
So just who is behind the attacks? Steinitz said that the government’s
computing unit had traced many of the attacks to IP addresses in the US
and Europe, and not to Arab countries. While Steinitz could not say
whether these hackers were affiliated with Anonymous, the international
hacker organization that has pledged to destroy Israel’s computing
system in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, the methods being used
by the hackers were consistent with the kinds of attacks Anonymous is
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