The hacking militant association Anonymous said they plan an “electronic holocaust” today, Monday night and going into Tuesday, attacking many Israeli websites.
Anonymous said that the cyber attacks would come in retaliation for Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
It would make it the fourth year in a row that Anonymous has threatened to drown Israel in a cyber holocaust, but so far its attempts have left little resembling more than a minor nuisance.
Usually the great big hacking attack involves denial of service to individual websites, whereby a computer generates server requests that overwhelm capacity and can cause temporary crashes.
Websites that rely on Google Adsense advertsing actually make a lot of money on those attacks, which fabricate way more demand than the website is used to.
Nice cyber holocaust.
Last year, Israel’s internal security agency, the GSS, opened a special cyber operations room in preparation for the hacking campaign, only to discover that the Internet onslaught merely resulted in minor slowdowns in several official websites.
To be exact, Anonymous took briefly down the Israeli post office and the ministry of education, as well as a few private websites.
Then, in a daring attack, Anonymous published a list of Israeli officials’ phone numbers and email addresses.
Oh, and the year before that they disrupted the Yad Vashem website (now, that’s a double holocaust!), the prime minister’s office, and the IDF blog.