Domino's becomes battleground in Hamas cyber onslaught
Hackers who took over the Facebook page of Domino’s Pizza Israel this week warned that Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, would unleash a fifth of its estimated 10,000-rocket arsenal on Israel in a single barrage. Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service said text messages were circulated in its name about bogus attacks and injuries from rocket fire. Cyber assaults have risen tenfold since fighting escalated last week, industry specialists say.
Some of the computer defenses the groups are trying to breach were developed in response to Hamas’s virtual war on Israel when they last clashed in 2012. During that eight-day conflict Hamas called on Palestinian software technicians the world over to attack Israeli websites; the government said there were more than 44 million attempts to bring down state sites alone.
During the time hackers controlled the Domino’s Facebook page, status updates included a threat to “strike deep inside Israel.” After Domino’s regained control, it posted an image of a masked man wearing a headband in Hamas’s signature green color, with the caption, “You can’t defeat the Israeli hunger for pizza!”
Hamas’s Shehab website displayed anti-Hamas headlines on July 14 with links to an Egyptian TV clip criticizing the group’s top leader, Khaled Mashaal, for staying in one of Turkey’s most luxurious hotels while Palestinians were being killed. The site’s Facebook page confirmed the “Zionist attack.” Other Hamas sites, including Felesteen and Alsafa, were hacked as well, The Jerusalem Post said.
“The attacks aren’t sophisticated; they just give the feeling that someone else is in control,” Beer said. “It’s terrorism, designed mostly to frighten: ’See, we can control your sites and do things you don’t want us to do.’ And it works.”
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