The group, known for its clandestine vigilante activities, primarily done in anonymity of the web, launched an online offensive against the Israel government, whom they accuse of oppressing the Palestinians.
In what is now being referred to as cyber revenge, the hacker group, on July 11 and 17, put out a call for #OpSaveGaza—a large scale coordinated cyber attack against the various arms of the Israeli government. "This is an urgent call for all hackers, human right organisations and activists all around the world to unite again and start campaign against Israhell, share what is really going on there, expose their terrorist activity to the world," it said.
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The hacker group has a history of purporting cyber violence, popularly known as 'hacktivism' against organisations, corporates and governments they deem to be violating human rights. They are known to have openly supported Wikileaks campaigns, directing frequent attacks towards corporates, including MasterCard and PayPal, for blocking Wikileak accounts.
It appealed to human rights activists and hackers to join them in pulling down the Israel's online machinery, "If you are a hacker, activist, a human right organisation then hack Israel websites and expose to the world their crimes, show to the world how much blood is on their hands, blood of innocent children and women. We will never remain silent against Israhell war activity."
Israel's justice, education, defense website were among the many that were hit by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, Anonymous announced on their website. The website for the Tel Aviv Police Department, in fact, is still down.
Apart from these, websites for several other non-governmental institutions, as well as businesses in Israel also faced the wrath of Anonymous's attack. The homepages for these websites were replaced with anti-Israeli messages. For instances, the Israeli government jobs website had the message "Akincilar" posted on its page, which in Turkish means Ottoman Empire's troops.
Israel-Palestinian conflict escalated earlier this month following the abduction and killing of three Jewish teenagers that provoked revenge violence against Palestinian teens. Israel mounted a full scale attack on Gaza vowing to draw out Hamas. Despite brief periods of cease fire, the death toll has already amounted to 312, mostly from the Palestinians.
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