Israel govt websites hit by DDoS Cyber Attack

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Over the past 48 hours, Israel has found itself under relentless assault from Hamas militant groups, resulting in a tragic loss of life and substantial property damage. Adding to this already dire situation is the cyber onslaught launched by the notorious Killnet Hacking Group, reportedly backed by Russian Intelligence.

Killnet has made its intentions chillingly clear on its Telegram channel, vowing to intensify its campaign against Israel’s critical infrastructure in the coming days with potentially devastating consequences. And the latest to fall victim is The Jerusalem Post.

Typically, Killnet employs distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS) to incapacitate its targets. This involves overwhelming a victim’s server with a barrage of fake traffic generated by bots. The server, unable to distinguish genuine from malicious data packets, buckles under the strain, resulting in a crippling disruption.

What adds an intriguing twist to this narrative is Killnet’s stated motivation for these actions. The group openly claims to be seeking retribution against Israel for its support of Ukraine in its conflict with the Russian President dating back to 2022. This leaves readers with a perplexing question: Is the hacking collective aligned with Hamas, or is it purely driven by vengeance, taking advantage of the moment when Israel’s defense forces and government are preoccupied with combating terrorism?

In a move that further muddies the waters, Anonymous Sudan, a cyber-terror organization allegedly linked to Russian interests, has thrown its weight behind Hamas and is actively supporting Killnet in its mission to disable government websites throughout the Middle East.

Adding another layer of complexity, a hacking group known as the “Cyber Army of Russia” has been bombarding American Facebook accounts with a poll survey. This survey aims to gauge public opinion on whether the attacks on government infrastructure are justified or not.

On a contrasting note, India Cyber Force has launched a counteroffensive against Hamas, the militant group governing Gaza, successfully taking down their website. They have garnered support from other hacking groups such as Team UCC Ops, Garuna Ops, and SilenOne.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani hacking group, “Team Insane PK,” has executed a digital assault on an Israeli hydroelectric power station, with plans to disclose the pilfered data in the coming days.

Microsoft, in its annual Digital Defense Report, has identified and is actively monitoring the Storm 1133 campaign. This campaign commenced launching attacks on Telecom, Defense, and Energy sectors during the late hours of Sunday, October 8, 2023. The situation continues to evolve rapidly, with cyberspace becoming an increasingly potent battleground in tandem with the ongoing conflicts in the physical world.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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