"While Israel has allegedly been happy to dispense hack attacks in the past… we doubt it will be as happy to be seen on the receiving end of decentralized computer warfare," was the announcement that appeared Tuesday on the AnonOps blog which is known to be connected to the Anonymous group.
The announcement went on to state that their latest target was "none other than the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset" and that the expected attack would be "over the next 24 hours".
Anonymous is an amorphous organization that comes together through an online community. It has no known leadership structure and though some of its members engage in hacking, not everyone who classifies themselves as members of Anonymous are hackers.
Yet it was Anonymous who brought "activism" or hacking for social purposes to into public consciousness.
Last year Anonymous hackers attacked websites connected with copyrighting as part of their struggle against the antiquated concept; credit card companies that abandoned Anonymous when an investigation was launched against them in the US and most recently – Sony's Playstation.
Last week Anonymous and LulzSec, another activism group announced a campaign to hit global governments. It seems their first target has been selected – and it's us.
What Israel's Tehila - the body responsible for securing governmental computerization systems will do is anyone's guess. The Finance Ministry which is responsible for Tehila activities has yet to comment.