Sheba, Assuta & Tel Hashomer hospitals, The Marker & Haaretz news, Dan bus company sites attacked.
Israeli hackers vow response.
Israeli hackers told The Jerusalem Post they are planning to respond to a hacking attack which occurred overnight Tuesday on the websites of two Israeli hospitals.
The websites of the Sheeba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and the Assouta Medical Center in Tel Aviv were struck with a distributed denial of service (DDOS), in which servers are flooded by false requests for information, making them unavailable to others.
“We saw that attack. Soon, a response will come,” a member of the ‘IDF Team’ hacking group told the Post on Wednesday evening.
‘IDF Team’ has played a pivotal part in Israeli counter-strikes on high-profile Arab websites following attacks by Arab hackers.
The Assuta Medical Centers company commented on the hacking and temporary disappearance of the website that none of its patients should worry about personal medical data stored by the hospitals.
“Our protection measures succeeded in preventing infiltration of our website, but it cannot be active until the attacks cease,” the company spokeswoman said.
She added that attempts to access personal medical information of people who have been treated at the chain of private hospitals were not successful “so there was no danger at all of it leaking out.”
Also on Wednesday, the Haaretz Hebrew website was downed by pro-Palestinian hackers. Haaretz said it saw a message claiming responsibility for the attack by hackers calling themselves “Anonymous Palestine.”
Providing a moment of comic relief, MK Arye Eldad (National Union) commented on the Haaretz hack, saying that a mistake had been made, and that the [anti-Israel] messages displayed by the hackers are are actually the newspaper’s latest editorial.
The websites of the financial news site The Marker and the Dan bus company were also unavailable.
Last week, Israeli hackers brought down the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency website and the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange site, in retaliation for a DDOS attack on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the El Al websites.
Israeli hackers have indicated that they may not stick to simple DDOS attacks in future, but instead seek to cause long-term damage to the servers of financial, government, and security websites in the Arab world, in the event of further attacks on Israeli sites.
During Tuesday’s incident, anti-Israel hackers also attempted to break into the Safra hospital’s computer system, but security measures were able to fend off the attack, Israel Radio reported.