MIDEAST CY­BER­WAR

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

One new el­e­ment of the ki­netic war rag­ing be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tinian ter­ror­ist group Ha­mas in Gaza is the back and forth elec­tronic and In­ter­net war­fare tak­ing place.

Since the con­flict be­gan seven days ago with Is­rael killing a top Ha­mas mil­i­tary com­man­der, some 40 Ha­mas lead­ers have been killed in the cam­paign, some of them by pre­ci­sion bomb­ings of cars on the streets. The con­flict be­gan af­ter months of Pales­tinian rocket at­tacks into Is­rael.

In ad­di­tion to the rocket and bomb­ing strikes, both sides are wag­ing cy­ber­war­fare.

The Ha­mas news por­tal Safa was at­tacked around Nov. 17, pre­sum­ably by Is­raeli hack­ers, and shut down for sev­eral days.

The an­ar­chist hacker group Anony­mous sided with Ha­mas, a des­ig­nated U.S. ter­ror­ist group that runs the government in Gaza. Anony­mous has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for numer­ous at­tacks against Is­raeli web­sites and an­nounced that it had de­clare cy­ber­war on Is­rael by post­ing the per­sonal data on­line of about 5,000 Is­raeli of­fi­cials.

The cy­ber­war also has raged on Twit­ter and Face­book, with the so­cial me­dia used as launch­ing points for in­for­ma­tion and at­tacks.

Is­rael’s mil­i­tary and in­tel­li­gence ser­vices are known to be de­vel­op­ing so­phis­ti­cated cy­ber­war­fare ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Iran, which has sup­plied arms and mis­siles to Ha­mas, also is de­vel­op­ing cy­ber­war­fare weapons, and re­cently was blamed for cy­ber­at­tacks on U.S. fi­nan­cial

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