Israeli Military and Hamas trade Hacking Attacks

Photo: Screenshot taken today of Al Qassam website

As Israeli ground forces push into Gaza to remove militant Islamic troops and missiles, hacking teams from both sides ply their trades. Reports of multiple site hacking, denial of service attacks and defacement are being reported by both camps in this struggle for Israel’s right to exist.

Israeli Attacks on Hamas

According to the The Jerusalem Post, Israeli hackers have either taken down or blocked numerous Hamas and Palestinian websites. Though several seem back up now, these included:

  • Qudstv.ps, Hamas’ official website
  • Felesteen.ps
  • Gaza Alan
  • Shehab.ps

Visiting Al Qassam’s website today will reveal the screenshot taken above with the message, “This website is subjected to intense attacks“.

Hamas and Hacktivist attacks on Israel

Pro-Hamas hackers and militant Islamic hacktivist groups have targeted several military and civilian Israeli sites. Earlier this month the IDF’s Twitter page was compromised by the Syrian Electronic Army.

This week, part of Israel’s channel 10 TV was hacked by the Hamas military wing causing some viewers to see a pro-Hamas message as seen below:

And on the lighter side, Dominoes Israel  Facebook page was hacked last week with posts claiming, “Today will strike deep in Israel, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Ashkelon, Ashdod more than 2000 rockets. We’ll start at 7. Counting back towards the end of Israel … Be warned!

Which brought an Israeli response of, “Hey, please reserve a missile for me with jalapenos, green olives, extra cheese, and mushrooms. You have my address. Tell the delivery boy to activate the alarm when it is arriving, so I know to put my pants on.

It would seem that even Domino’s pizza took it light hearted, after they regained control of the page they apparently posted a picture of a Hamas militant with the caption, “You cannot defeat….The Israeli hunger for pizza!

Pro-Hamas hackers haven’t just focused on Israeli targets, a Synagogue in Philadelphia was also just hacked.

Conclusion

The violence and loss of life as Israel struggles against militant Islamic aggression is a tragedy. Further dividing of Israel will not bring peace, all it has done so far is to provide new rocket launching areas for militant rockets. Providing a “Two State” solution is also not the answer, as it was already tried and failed. The British Mandate for Palestine and Trans-Jordan provided a “Two State” solution (with Arab leaders blessing) in the 1920’s. With this deal Palestine was divided between Jews and Muslims with Arabs getting 80% of the land and Israel only 20%.

This did not bring peace as militant Islamists demand even more land from Israel, even though they were given 80% of the territory for Muslim Palestinians to live. The truth is, they do not want Israel’s land – they do not want Israel to exist.

As  Golda Meir once said, “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.

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Obama’s Facebook and Twitter Compromised by Syrian Hackers

Barack Obama

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a Syrian based hacker group known for redirection and denial of service attacks on media and political targets, briefly altered links from Obama’s social media sites to point to videos created by the SEA.

The attack was made possible not by hacking the websites, but by compromising the link shortening service that the President’s campaign team used on several websites.

According to the SEA’s twitter feed, for a while Twitter eventually blocked the links all together and visitors saw this:

Barack Obama 2

In a series of e-mails to news site Mashable, allegedly the SEA hackers claimed they compromised BarackObama.com by attacking one of the site’s administrators:

“In a follow-up email, the SEA provided screenshots that show how it altered the links in Obama’s social media posts. The group appears to have hacked the email address of Suzanne Snurpus, one of the administrators of BarackObama.com, and it gained access to a control panel for the site.”

For more information see the Mashable website.

The SEA takes a swipe at the US Marines, or was it the Russians?

As things continue to heat up in Syria and Obama waits to hear from congress as to whether or not to launch a missile strike, looks like the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has struck first. And what a target.

The SEA, known for website defacement and infiltrating social media and news sites, apparently have set their sites quite a bit higher. Yesterday they temporarily redirected the US Marine recruiting website Marines.com to one that contained the message in the image above.

The webpage contained images of people in (most likely bogus) American uniforms holding up signs saying that they would not fight for Al-Qaeda in Syria.

A lot about this doesn’t sit very well with me.

First up, and to clear the air, no it wasn’t the official US Marines military site (marines.mil) that was redirected. Marines.com is a recruiting site owned by the marketing company J Walter Thompson. And the site was only redirected for a short period of time.

bogus Syria Supporter

Secondly, the SEA had to have the mugshots of those bogus American Syrian Army supporters before they redirected the page.

Quite a coincidence, unless…

Russia is involved.

Remember Russia is backing the Syrian government and does not want America there. How hard would it be for them to work with the SEA and create a little Psy-Ops propaganda?

Russia has a very capable cyber team and if they were not involved with this little fiasco, chances are they will be if America directly attacks Syria.

But no matter how you slice it, messing with US military sites (especially the Marines!) is a whole different ballpark than just hacking newspaper sites. Expect America cyber teams to respond, if they aren’t all ready.

And I doubt they will respond with web defacements and redirections…

The Jester’s Site back Online – Questions Remain

The Jester Webpage

The Jester’s site is back! After being redirected to a DHS “Domain Seized” webpage for a couple days, The Jester’s site is now unceremoniously back.

All well and good, but here is the kicker. From what I have seen, the ICE has denied seizing it and, well, it is back online already. So it probably wasn’t the Feds.

Rumors abound, some say that from his Tweets he seemed to be at the Vegas security conferences (Black Hat, and Defcon) and maybe wanted some additional press, so he did it himself. Some are saying he was hacked and the DNS record changed and his internet provider restored the original DNS record back. And some are saying that aliens did it.

Whatever the case, it’s back online now and so far the Jester has been completely silent on the whole issue.