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8 Apr, 2013 04:10

Hacktivists to Israel: 'Be ready for new larger surprises’

More than 100,000 Israeli websites have come under attack from Anonymous hacktivists around the world. Speaking to RT, a Middle East hacker explained the aims of the cyber assault on Israel's online presence.

The websites of the Israeli parliament, banks, ministries and other government organizations were down for some time on Sunday during the assault, dubbed Operation Israel. The loosely-knit hacking group Anonymous threatened to "disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace" in protest over its mistreatment of Palestinians.

The hackers also released a list of email addresses and credit card numbers, reportedly lifted from the online catalog of  Israel Military, a privately-owned business that sells military surplus, Haaretz reported. Israel Military officials indicated that the information made public did not come from its site.

Looks like Israeli and US media fail to inform public about #OpIsrael 100.000+ website hack. From military up to banks.

— #OpIsrael (@Op_Israel) April 7, 2013

A Middle East hacker, who took part in the massive cyber assault, told RT that the operation's aim was "to show the world the true face of Israel and its armed forces.”

We are the sons of Palestinian people and we feel the pressure of the Israeli occupation not only in Gaza but also in all the Arab and Muslim world. And as the first retaliation we committed a fast and full-scale attack on Israeli websites to warn Israel and all its supporters about the threat that hangs over them. They have weapons and we have our own means. As a result of this attack we’ve received the names of those who cooperate with Israel. The aim of the attack was to show the world the true face of Israel and its armed forces. And we coped with our task.”

“So now we make a clear warning to Israel: “In the future be ready for new larger “surprises”,” he stated.

Israel responded to mass cyber attacks on Sunday by launching a series of raids in which several Palestinian activists were arrested, President Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor for communications and information technology Sabri Saydam told WAFA.

Nothing indicates that the Palestinians have anything to do with the hacking of Israeli sites, Saydam added, calling it “a cyberspace battle” and stressing that the Internet “is open to all.”

An IDF spokesman however has denied reports of arrests, according to Haaretz.

In a message released  Saturday the group addressed the Israeli government saying: “You have NOT stopped your endless human rights violations. You have NOT stopped illegal settlements. You have NOT respected the ceasefire. You have shown that you do NOT respect international law.”

Israeli hackers have reportedly prepared an answer to the Anonymous cyber attack, penetrating the website associated with the campaign against Israel - opisrael.com. Instead of reading about Anonymous' anti-Israel views, those visiting the page on Sunday morning were instead presented with a pro-Israel banner and a long list of facts regarding the legitimacy of Israel and the history of the Jewish people, according to Israel Today.