02:39 - Source: CNN
Israel hit by huge cyberattack

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Israel says its government websites have been hit by 44 million attacks

The hacker collective Anonymous claims some responsibility

The group says it has posted e-mail addresses online

Cyberattacks are the third front in the conflict between Israel and Gaza, Israeli official says

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In the digital age, war isn’t contained to the ground.

The Israeli government on Sunday said it has been hit with more than 44 million cyberattacks since it began aerial strikes on Gaza last week. Anonymous, the hacker collective, claimed responsibility for taking down some sites and leaking passwords because of what it calls Israel’s “barbaric, brutal and despicable treatment” of Palestinians.

“The war is being fought on three fronts,” Carmela Avner, Israel’s chief information officer, said on Sunday in a press release. “The first is physical, the second is the world of social networks and the third is cyberattacks.

“The attackers are attempting to harm the accessibility of Israel’s government websites on an ongoing basis. When events like the current operation occur, this sector heats up and we see increased activity. Therefore, at this time, defending the governmental computer systems is of invaluable importance.”