Gaza war is over, but the hacker war is not

Friday, November 23, 2012 |  Ryan Jones  

During the newly-concluded Gaza war, computer hackers affiliated with the global umbrella group Anonymous launched a campaign called #OpIsrael to take down Israeli government websites and do any damage possible to the computer systems that control Israel's infrastructure and financial institutions.

They failed.

As Hamas fired 1,500 missiles at Israel, Anonymous hackers launched no fewer than 44 million attempts to hack into Israeli computer systems. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said they were unsuccessful in all but one instance.

One Israeli website was "wobbly for a few minutes," Steinitz told a press conference at the Government Computing Center in Jerusalem.

Failing to take out official computer systems, Anonymous appears to now be attacking average Israelis.

An Israeli hacker going by the handle "The_Joker80" informed the Hebrew technology website GeekSpot that Anonymous hackers had obtained the email addresses and passwords of 113,000 Israelis and supporters of Israel.

The_Joker80 informed readers that nearly all of the addresses were from the online email services Yahoo!, Gmail, Walla and Hotmail, and recommended that all Israeli users of those services immediately change their passwords.

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