The websites of Israel’s interior, health, justice, and welfare ministries, as well as the prime minister’s office, were taken offline on Monday in what a defense source claimed was the largest ever cyberattack against Israel. According to authorities, the attack was perpetrated by a large or state-sponsored organization.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported about the cyber strike, citing “a” “defense establishment source”The attack was described by some as the worst to strike the Jewish State. The attack reportedly targeted sites using the ‘gov.il’ domain, which serves all Israeli government websites except defense-related ones.
One such target is the government database, which could be used as a cybercriminal’s base.
Access to some of the affected sites was restored on Monday night, but Israel’s defense establishment and the National Cyber Directorate have declared a state of emergency while websites of strategic importance – such as those related to the country’s water and power infrastructure – can be checked for signs of compromise.
Haaretz quoted an official who said the government believed “a state actor or large organization carried out the attack,”But he stated that the perpetrator could not yet been identified.
Israeli journalists however have already speculatedIran is responsible. Israel and Iran have for years traded cyberattacks, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) hacked CCTV cameras and employee databases at the ports of Haifa and Ashdod last month.
In recent days the conflict between Tehran & Tel Aviv became kinetic as well. Two IRGC officers were killed by Israel in an airstrike on Syria last week. The IRGC responded to this with a ballistic missile attack against an alleged Israeli. “strategic center”Samstag, Erbil (Iraq).
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