Gaza Hacker Team Returns From Hiatus To Attack U.S. State Department, Saudi Foreign Ministry, Banks In Israel And UAE; Still Currently Active On Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

August 2, 2016

In June, 2016, the Gaza Hacker Team (sometimes “Gaza Hackers Team”), also known by the aliases “Molerats” and “Gaza Cybergang,” conducted Operation DustSky, which aimed at penetrating computer systems belonging to those deemed “enemies” of Hamas. The attacks included of the spreading of malware, as well as phishing emails in several different languages. The targets of Operation DustSky include bankers in the UAE and Israel; the Saudi foreign ministry; and the United States State Department.[1] Emails were sent to over 150 accounts, most of them private email accounts.[2]
Gaza Hacker Team maintains accounts on multiple social media sites:


As of July 25, 2016, the Gaza Hacker Team’s Facebook account has 5,474 likes. The page was created in April, 2012, and shares updates on the group’s hacking operations, particularly Israeli websites, and links to hacking software


As of July 25, 2016, the Gaza Hacker Team Twitter page has 146 followers. The page was created in March, 2011


As of July 25, 2016, the Gaza Hacker Team YouTube channel has 456 subscribers. The account has been open since 2011, and shares screenshot-style videos of real-time hacks of websites

Source:, June 10, 2016.

[1], June 11, 2016.

[2] For more on Gaza Hacker Team’s previous activities, see MEMRI CJL reports, Gaza Hacker Team: Active On Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, And Its Own Website/Forum, Shows Support For Jihad, Martyrdom, ISIS; Its Offshoots Conduct Malware Campaigns, September 23, 2015; Gaza Hackers Team Launch Phishing Campaign Against Targets In Egypt, UAE, Yemen, October 1, 2015; and, Gaza Hackers Team Develops New Malware For Cyber-Espionage, January 25, 2016.