Cyber-warfare continues: A group of hackers claiming to be from the Gaza Strip succeeded on Thursday night in hacking into the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services' official website.
The site's homepage was changed to black with a sneering message from the hackers to the Israeli government, saying that it was in an embarrassing situation with no way out.
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Jerusalem Fire Services Spokesman Lahav Assaf Avres noted that at this stage they were trying to take down the website, keep its content and bring it back up for regular operations. At this time, the site, www.102.co.il is inaccessible.
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"The Gaza Hackers Team" is taking responsibility for the site's invasion and is the signatory on the website's homepage. The message claims: "We hack into your websites, and will continue to do so until you suffer."
The hackers also addressed Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon's statements in which he said that the recent hacking attacks against Israel were "acts of terror and we will respond with force against hackers that harm Israel's cyber sovereignty." The hackers included a picture of the deputy foreign minister on the hacked homepage seen with feet stepping on him.
The hackers' vituperation against Israel also included comments against its policies in the settlements and it signs off with a sentence written in Hebrew: "Death to Israel," written three times. The hackers signed the message with their own nicknames.
Spokesman Lahav Assaf Avres said: "An hour ago the State of Israel's Fire Services website was hacked into and altered. As we speak, the site is under attack by various hackers."
Earlier this week Israeli hackers published a list containing the personal information of hundreds of people was published online Tuesday night.
The list, posted by an Israeli who identified himself as "Omer Cohen," revealed the personal information – including email addresses, phone numbers and credit card details – mostly of Saudi citizens. The Israeli hackers said they launched the cyber attack in retaliation for the Saudi Arabia.
Speaking at a cultural forum in Beersheba last Saturday, Deputy Minister Ayalon said Israel must "send a message to all those who have hurt or plan to hurt Israel – in cyberspace as well – that they would be hurting themselves. They will not be immune to Israeli retaliation."
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