Weak Government Websites

by Wendy O
Summary:

Israeli government websites went down two days after receiving numerous threats from Anonymous, a hacker group. The hacker group criticized the Israeli Navy for intercepting and boarding two vessels that were in international waters headed to the Gaza Strip. These vessels were Irish and Canadian and were not carrying any weapons. Anonymous threatened to strike back if Israel continued blocking humanitarian vessels to Gaza.

Websites that went down included those of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet internal security service. The Israeli government, however, claims that the servers were down due to maintenance and a server malfunction, not as a result of a cyber-attack. Interestingly enough, the hacker group has not taken credit so far for bringing down the websites in Israel.

Reflection:

I find it interesting that the government sites went down right after a few threats. Of course Anonymous is not going to take credit for this. They threatened them, which I think is enough. They don’t need to be publically targeted by the Israeli government, and of course the government doesn’t want to admit that they have a weak security system. It just goes to show that they need to invest more on their technology. They’re a nation that may rely solely on weapons, but in today’s time, every country needs to be up to par on their technology. Especially if they have any hopes of advancing and not being left behind.

Citation:

Ribeiro, J. Israel Govt. Websites Down, After a Hacker Threat. Retrieved on November 13, 2011 from http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/243269/israel_govt_websites_down_after_a_hacker_threat.html#tk.mod_rel