Anti-Israel Anonymous Groups Launch Annual #OpIsrael Campaign Targeting Israel Online

April 13, 2017

In April 2017, Anonymous and affiliated groups launched cyberattacks against Israeli websites as part of the annual #OpIsrael campaign.

The first #OpIsrael attacks occurred in 2013, when some divisions of Anonymous launched multiple coordinated cyberattacks against Israeli websites on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 8. Every year since, the group and its affiliates carried out similar attacks around the same date, although the date for Holocaust Remembrance Day has changed.

It has been claimed that during the attacks that have taken place so far this year, hundreds of Israeli websites have been taken offline in DDoS attacks. Several Tweets using the hashtag contain Pastebin links where hackers claim to dump the credit card data of several Israeli citizens. One hacktivist group, RedCult, has leaked a list of about 1,000 alleged Facebook users from Israel with their email addresses and passwords.Websites taken offline include those of the Israel Defense Forces, the Israeli Ministry of Justice, the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorbtion, and others.[1]

Anonymous Palestine Facebook Page

Anonymous Palestine is a splinter group of the hacker collective Anonymous.  As of April 3, 2017, the page has 623 likes and 624 followers.[2]

AnonGhost Syrie Facebook Page

As of April 3, 2017, the AnonGhost Syrie Facebook page has 189 likes and 189 followers.[3]

AnonGhost Palestine Facebook Page

AnonGhost is a pro-Palestinian splinter group of Anonymous. As of April 3, 2017, the page has 1,246 likes and 1,252 followers.[4]

Event Page: AnonGhostOpIsraël

AnonGhostOpIsrael is an event page created by Anonymous Palestine, AnonGhost Syrie and AnonGhost Palestine.  The event is scheduled from April 7 at 6am to April 18 at 12am, indicating that anti-Israel hacking attacks will take place by the event participants during this time. As of April 3, 2017, 122 people have marked themselves as going, and 150 people have marked themselves as interested.[5]

Minion Ghost Facebook Page

As of April 4, 2017, the Minion Ghost Facebook Page has 247 likes and 251 followers.[6]

Twitter

Hackread.com showed the following examples of data being dumped on Pastebin:[7]

Endnotes:

[1] Hackread.com, April 8, 2017

[2] Facebook.com/anon.palestine2/

[3] Facebook.com/AnonGhostSyrie

[4] Facebook.com/AnonGhostPalestineOfficial

[5] Facebook.com/events/1106408086118632/

[6] Facebook.com/Minion-Ghost-1240679355992209/

[7] Hackread.com