Unknown Hackers Take Down Israeli Government Websites.
Israel appears to be on the mend following a massive cyberattack. Several Israeli government websites. It includes those for the health, interior, justice, and welfare ministries.
According to Haaretz and Kan’s Amichai Stein, all of those websites were taken down by attackers on Monday evening. In addition, the website of the Prime Minister’s Office was also harmed.
However, the country’s National Cyber Directorate said that all of the websites are now operational.
The government hasn’t named a likely offender, but it did claim the sites were swamped with traffic due to a denial of service attempt.
According to Haaretz sources, the cyberattack targeted sites with the gov.il domain. The perpetrators were either state actors or a “big organization.”
According to DW, an Iran-linked hacker gang claimed responsibility. The attack could have been a reprisal for an alleged Israeli attack on an Iranian nuclear site. However, neither has been confirmed.
According to a defense insider, it’s unclear whether this is the largest hack against Israel too far.
The NCF and defense authorities, on the other hand, were concerned enough to declare a state of emergency and assess the potential damage.
It included anything that could threaten other essential websites and infrastructure.
Unlike the denial-of-service attacks that crippled Ukrainian government websites ahead of Russia’s invasion, the denial-of-service attacks, in this case, are unlikely to have caused significant harm.
They made it difficult to access the websites, but there is no proof that the perpetrators vandalized the sites or stole data.
Nonetheless, the malware may aggravate an already sensitive situation, as it comes only a day after Iran fired missiles at the Iraqi city of Erbil, ostensibly as a warning to the United States and its allies.
Israel was already on high alert, and it has a history of retaliating physically against hackers.