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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