‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous strikes at Israeli government websites

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A cyberattack led by the Anonymous “hacktivist” group on Israeli government websites failed to cause any serious damage, officials said Sunday.

“So far it is as was expected, there is hardly any real damage,” said Yitzhak Ben Yisrael of the government’s National Cyber Bureau, according to Ynet. “Anonymous doesn’t have the skills to damage the country’s vital infrastructure. And if that was its intention, then it wouldn’t have announced the attack ahead of time. It wants to create noise in the media about issues that are close to its heart.”
Anonymous posters had warned it would launch a massive attack on Israeli sites in a strike called OpIsrael starting April 7, Ynet reports.

Israel’s Bureau of Statistics website was down on Sunday morning, but it’s unknown if Anonymous was the cause. Media said the Defense and Education ministry sites had come under attack the night before, but a shutdown mostly was averted, Ynet reports.

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