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Israel Today hacked; Israeli army jumps into cyber war
Many of our readers will have noticed that our online services have been sporadic at best over the past few days. Many will also be aware that Israel is in the midst of an escalating cyber war with pro-Palestinian activists around the world. Our latest server problems are related to that war.
Over the past few days, an unknown hacker or group of hackers pounded the israeltoday.co.il domain with so many requests that it repeatedly crashed. We weren't the only ones affected. Hundreds of Israeli sites were targeted and briefly brought down, including the Hebrew and English-language news sites of Israel's best-selling newspaper, Yediot Ahronot.
As the cyber war between Israel and pro-Palestinian hackers intensifies, the Israeli army is taking an increasingly prominent role in defending the nation on this new battlefield.
The IDF Spokesperson reported this week that 27-year-old Daniel, a recent immigrant from Mexico, had been recruited by the army for is "creative" computer skills.
In his current position as systems information security NCO for the Israeli Air Force, Daniel is helping fellow soldiers and officers meet the new threat posed by foreign hackers.
"He helps us come up with solutions for the most sensitive and complex problems," said Daniel's commander, Maj. Assaf. "He has a lot of knowledge and we consider him a significant improvement in level."
Daniel's entry into the fight and the increasing activity of other pro-Israel hackers, such as "IDF Team" and the foreign Jewish hacker "Hannibal", comes just in time.
Until now, Israel has faced mostly smaller groups of Arab hackers from around the Middle East. But the prominent international "hackivist" group Anonymous now has its sights set on the Jewish state. According to various Internet posting, Anonymous plans to launch a major attack on Israeli websites on February 14, Valentine's Day.
Azerbaijani state television's website has been vandalized in a hacking attack, apparently by hackers based in neighboring Iran.
Azerbaijan's Communications Ministry announced on February 23 that along with AzTV's website, the homepage of state airline AZAL was also hit by cyberattackers.
Azerbaijani officials say the attacks originated from Iran.
The attacks have taken place amid tensions between the Azerbaijani and Iranian governments.
The Islamic regime in Tehran has reportedly been displeased by friendlier links between Azerbaijan and Israel in recent months.
Azerbaijan has accused Iran of sponsoring Islamic radicals on its territory
Hackers calling themselves the "Iranian Cyber Army" and "Cocaine Warriors from Persia" have hit the websites of Azerbaijan's national airline AZAL and television station AzTV, the second such attack on Azeri state portals, officials said on Thursday.
Last month, "Azerian Cyber Army" hackers defaced the websites of about 20 Azeri state bodies, posting images of the devil over photos of the Azeri and Israeli presidents, and messages saying "Servants of Jews" and "Enemies of Islam."
Azerbaijan, a Muslim Caspian Sea state and former Soviet republic that borders Iran, has a secular government and cordial ties with the United States and Israel.
Local media outlets reported the latest hackers' attacks were believed to originate in Iran, but gave no evidence. Both AZAL's and AzTV's websites were operating as normal later on Thursday.
Tension between Iran and Azerbaijan has increased in recent months following the deaths of Iranian nuclear scientists in attacks Tehran blamed on Israel and the United States.
Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned Azerbaijan's ambassador after the recent killing of the nuclear scientist and blamed Baku for facilitating Israeli intelligence.
An Iranian reporter for Iran's Sahar TV and Fars news agency was detained in custody earlier this week on suspicion of drug possession in Azerbaijan, prompting a warning from Iran's embassy the arrest could damage relations.
AzTV reported on Tuesday more than 20 people had been arrested on suspicion of plotting attacks and having links with Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.
Last month, Azeri authorities arrested two men suspected of plotting to attack foreigners, saying targets included the Israeli ambassador in Baku and a rabbi. (Additional reporting by Afet Mehtiyeva; Writing by Margarita Antidze in Tbilisi; Editing by Sophie Hares)