Israel says its government websites were hit by a cyberattack – News

Service restored after attack blocked access to a number of websites, including government sites



By AFP

Published: Tue, March 15, 2022, 1:06 AM

Last update: Tue, March 15, 2022, 1:07 AM

Israel’s National Cybersecurity Directorate said the country suffered a cyberattack on Monday that briefly took down a number of government websites.

“In the past few hours, a denial of service (DDoS) attack has been identified on a communications provider which, as a result, for a short time prevented access to a number of sites, including government sites “, said the government. management said on Twitter.

“As of this time, all sites are back for activity,” he added.

But despite being accessible again inside Israel, web monitoring group NetBlocks said late Monday that the Israeli government network was “internationally unreachable”.

Attempts by AFP journalists to access the homepages of several Israeli ministries and the National Cybersecurity Directorate failed shortly after 20:00 GMT.

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The Israeli daily Haaretz said a source within the country’s defense establishment believed it was the biggest cyberattack ever launched against the country.

Israel’s Communications Ministry said it conducted a “situational assessment with the Communications Ministry’s emergency services, following a widespread cyberattack on government websites.”

It was not immediately clear who carried out the hack.

Previous hacks of Israeli websites have been attributed to attackers linked to Iran.

Iran and Israel are locked in a shadow war that includes cyber attacks as well as the targeting of physical sites.

On Sunday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they had fired missiles at an Israeli-owned “strategic center” in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, although Kurdish authorities who control the area denied that Israel has sites there.

The missile strike came nearly a week after two Iranian officers were killed in a rocket attack in Syria that Iran blamed on Israel.

Israel rarely comments on individual strikes in Syria, but has acknowledged launching hundreds of them at targets linked to Iran.

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