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Hundreds of Israeli Websites Hacked in 'Propaganda War'

Hundreds of Israeli Websites Hacked in 'Propaganda War'
Hundreds of Israeli Websites Hacked in 'Propaganda War' 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Dec 31, 2008

It didn't take long after Israel's bombing of Gaza began for 
cyberwarfare to erupt as well: More than 300 Israeli Websites over the 
past few days have been hacked and defaced with anti-Israeli and 
anti-U.S. messages in an online propaganda campaign, a security expert 

Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at the 
University of Alabama at Birmingham and a co-chair of the Anti-Phishing 
Working Group, warned in his blog that U.S. Websites should be prepared 
for similar attacks. "In the current situation, the hackers supporting 
Gaza clearly believe Israel AND the US are culpable. That means American 
webmasters may wish to be especially vigilant right now," Warner 

The attacks on Israeli sites occurred within a period of 48 hours, in 
what Warner calls a "Propaganda War."

"As soon as Israel started bombing Gaza we began to look for signs of a 
cyber response. And we've found it, in the form of more than 300 Israeli 
websites which have been defaced with anti-Israeli and anti-US 
messages," Warner blogged.

He says these types of propaganda Website attacks are all about 
location, not size or prominence of the targeted site. "It only matters 
WHERE the Website is," he says. 


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