Two weeks after Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, chairman of the National Council for Research and Development, said Syrian Electronic Army’s hackers attempted two weeks ago to launch a cyber attack against Haifa's water system, failing, the semi-official Iranian news agency FARS published the documents, complete with writings in Hebrew, allegedly obtained in the course of the attack against the websites of Haifa's municipal services.
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The Syrian Electronic Army said the attack was carried out in response to the alleged Israeli strike on Damascus weaponries last month. They claimed they managed to seriously disrupt a number of municipal services. Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav denied any knowledge of such attack, saying "We are not aware of any such attempt by Syria, but we do know that Haifa, as the north's symbol, is a strategic target for our enemies."
One of the documents published by Fars
In response to the Israeli denials, the group issued a statement saying they are transferring some of the documents they obtained to Fars, the first outlet to report the attack. "This is just one example of the information and documents we obtained in the course of many cyber attacks. For obvious reasons, we cannot allow the public to access the classified information we have obtained," the statement read.
The Syrian group added they could have detonated a blast at the Israeli city, yet decided against it to prevent civilian casualties.
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