Israeli army websites fall to hackers

Israel’s military and spook’s websites services have been downed by a hacker group which was miffed over over the interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla.

The sites of the Israel Defence Forces, the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency and the Mossad foreign intelligence service were all unavailable through the day and into the evening.

According to, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office insisted that the problem was caused by a technical glitch rather than by hackers.

Ofir Gendelman, a Netanyahu spokesman, wrote in a posting on Twitter that it was a server malfunction, not as a result of a cyber attack so there was nothing to see here, move on please.

It seems to us that the spinner is underestimating the computing expertise of his own military. Having seen some of the security that goes into Israeli military systems we would not have thought that they could all be knocked out by a server fault.

It also failed to mention that the websites’  problems came after “hacktivist” group Anonymous posted on YouTube, to threaten the Israeli government with retaliation over its interception of two Gaza-bound ships.

Boats carrying 27 activists, crew and journalists were intercepted in international waters before they could breach Israel’s blockade on the Palestinian territory.

The video, entitled “An open letter from Anonymous to the Government of Israel,” said that Israel was guilty of “piracy on the high seas.”

If Anonymous did manage to attack Israel’s military servers it is a bit of a result. Normally its method of choice is a denial of service attack, which we would have thought the Israelis could have handled.

The fact that Netanyahu’s office felt the need to deny the hacks probably indicates that it was a little more serious than a denial of service attack.