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 an Israeli government source claimed was the largest ever cyberattack against Israel. Authorities claim a state actor or large organization was responsible.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the cyber strike, citing a “defense establishment source” who claimed it to be the worst ever to hit Israel. The attack reportedly targeted sites using the ‘gov.il’ domain, which serves all Israeli government websites except defense-related ones.
Israel’s National Cyber Directorate declared a state of emergency Monday after an apparent cyberattack crashed a number of government websites, Haaretz reports. A source told the paper that this is the largest-ever #cyberattack carried out against #Israel.https://t.co/llvyRpgl7J
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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.
The official cited by Haaretz said that the government believes “a state actor or large organization carried out the attack,” but said that the culprit could not yet be identified.
However, Israeli journalists have already alleged that Iran is to blame.
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“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,” RT reported.
Conflict between Tehran and Tel Aviv also went kinetic in recent days, with Israel killing two IRGC officers in an airstrike in Syria last week, and the IRGC responding with a ballistic missile strike against what Iran believes is an Israeli “strategic center” in Erbil, Iraq on Saturday.
(RT, PC, Social Media)