Hackers target more Israeli websites

Hackers have attacked the websites of two Israeli hospitals, the Dan Public Transportation company, the Israel Festival, the Cinematheque and the Ha’aretz newspaper.

The cyber attack began when the websites of Tel Hashomer and Assuta, two of the largest medical centers in central Israel, were hacked Jan. 25. Spokesmen for both facilities said no harm came to their sites, and patient information was not compromised.

The Israel Festival website included the slogan “Free Palestine, death to Israel,” and a message on the other websites said that four more “Gilad Shalits” would be abducted and that “Jew = Nazi.”

This apparently coordinated cyber assault was the latest in a string of hacks into various Israeli websites, including those of credit card companies, El Al and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Also on Jan. 25, the National Cyber Command and the Counter Terror Bureau launched Israel’s first official cyber emergency drill, a multiday exercise aimed at testing readiness and contingency plans vis-à-vis a widespread, multisource cyber terror attack on Israel’s infrastructure systems. — ynetnews.com