The hackers likely attacked the web browser with the live streaming from the conference, in which they embedded a code redirecting surfers to a different webpage.
The attack against Sapir College's satellite was a non-sophisticated attack based on the Joomla open code platform. The satellite website, which is stored on a different server then the College website server, was not defaced and its server wasn't hacked.
Sapir College's spokesperson, Simon Tamir, said the attack was probably the result of harsh criticism directed during the conference at the Israel Defense Forces and Jewish National Fund on part of the Bedouin population for the destruction of villages and illegal structures in the Negev.
The conference website was replaced with a page containing Arab symbols and the following message in English and Arabic: "We will never surrender, never fold. Pigs and monkeys, we will reclaim Palestine. We will prevail and overcome. Just you wait. We're Muslims."
The hacker team has been active for the past two years and has launched a number of attacks on Israeli websites, including the Hebrew University's Mount Scopus website.
The group typically attacks Israeli and global websites that are based on open code platforms.
The hackers' page has been removed and replaced with an official notice saying the webpage in under repair. According to Tamir, the website will hopefully be back online soon.
Tamir added that the Sapir College discovered the attack in the early morning and noted that it was "not the first time" that the college website had been hacked into. In the past year, the sports and radio pages were broken into and in 2007, during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, Turkish hackers attacked the College website as well.
During the opening session Tuesday, a group of students interrupted Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz's opening remarks. One protestor was arrested by the police after shouting out, "Steinitz, don’t be sure you'll still be around in 2013, we know where you live."
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