Cyber attack fails to damage Israeli government websites
Hacktivist group Anonymous says it has attacked hundreds of Israeli ministries and organizations' websites, though it appears not to have succeeded • Home users urged not to open mail from unidentified sources and not to click on suspicious links.
Home users have been urged to exercise extra caution on Monday, and avoid opening suspicious emails or links
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Hacktivist group Anonymous threatened to launch a massive cyber attack on Israel on Monday, though as of noon no significant disruption had been detected.
The group announced it would attack hundreds of Israeli ministries and organizations' websites, and vowed to continue its cyber attacks until it succeeds.
While military and defense infrastructures are protected by the National Cyber Bureau and by cyber defense units, the civil sector is more vulnerable, and private users are being urged to follow basic security measures to minimize their risk.
Home users are urged not to open mail from unidentified sources and not to click on suspicious links on Facebook. Anti-virus warnings should be heeded and users should take care to see that the links they click on are going to the address they expect, and not to a possible cloned website that has been hijacked by hackers.
Some of the attacks are expected to be on online credit card databases. Home users should check their bank accounts for any strange transactions.
Whatsapp, Facebook and other social network users are urged to change their passwords and make them more complex, and to use different passwords for different accounts.
Dr. Gabi Sivoni, director of the Cyber Warfare Program at the Institute of National Security Studies, said that while the nature of the potential attack is still unknown, there is no reason to panic.
"The civilian world's [cyber] abilities are improving, but good basic protection will help everyone. Basic network hygiene must be maintained, which is to say installing the relevant protection and not opening files from unknown sources," Sivoni said.
Meanwhile, the INSS will host its international cyber conference on Tuesday. The event will feature experts from around the world and will focus on defense, intelligence gathering and cyber operations. Among those expected to attend are Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz and INSS Chairman Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin.