Israel says government sites targeted by cyberattack – Al Jazeera English

Israel’s defence establishment says it is not immediately clear who was behind what may be the largest ever cyberattack on the country.
Israel says its government websites were hit by a cyberattack but services have since been restored.
The websites of the ministry of the interior, the ministry of defence and others were affected on Monday.
“In the last few hours, a denial of service [DDoS] attack has been identified on a communications provider which, as a result, has for a short time prevented access to a number of sites, including government sites,” Israel’s National Cyber Directorate said on Twitter.
“As of this hour all the sites are back for activity,” it added.
In DDoS, attackers overwhelm their victims’ servers with a flood of data requests to paralyse them.
The government-funded directorate that oversees cyber-defences in a report published last year said it had witnessed “a dramatic increase” in the scale and quality of cyberattacks worldwide and in Israel.
The Israeli daily Haaretz said a source in the country’s defence establishment believed it was the largest ever cyberattack launched against the country.
Israel’s ministry of communications said it conducted an “assessment of the situation with the emergency services … following a widespread cyberattack on government websites”.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the hack. Previous hacks on Israeli websites have been attributed to attackers linked to Iran.
Iran and Israel have been locked in a shadow war that includes cyberattacks as well as the targeting of physical sites.
Since 2020, Iran has ac­cused Is­rael of at­tack­ing two of its nu­clear fa­cil­i­ties and of as­sas­si­nat­ing a nu­clear sci­en­tist.
Sev­er­al dozen Jew­ish ty­coons from Rus­sia are be­lieved to have tak­en on Is­raeli cit­i­zen­ship or res­i­den­cy in re­cent years.
Leg­is­la­tors ap­prove law deny­ing nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion of Pales­tini­ans from the West Bank or Gaza mar­ried to Is­raeli cit­i­zens.
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