The famous Anonymous group revealed at the beginning of the week that they have performed a cyber-attack against the Israeli government causing damages that amount to billions of dollars. The government, on the other hand, claims there were no major disruptions caused by the cyber-attack, CNET News informs.
The hackers behind the Anonymous group posted a message on their Twitter account informing followers that the Israeli government has been the target of one of their attacks. They further revealed that the attack caused lots of damages that may take billions of dollars to restore. The Israeli government issued an official statement reassuring people that the attack was not as big as the Anonymous hackers like to think. In fact, the damages were almost inexistent.
The group provided exact dates of their cyber-attack. According to their declaration, more than 100,000 websites, 40,000 Facebook accounts and 30,000 bank accounts belonging to Israeli have been broken into by the famous group of hackers. The damages amount to $3 billion, in their opinion, but Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, of the government’s National Cyber Bureau, contradicted their declaration. He told the media, that there was hardly any real damage during the cyber-attack, so the population needs not worry about the safety of their Internet accounts.
Yisrael also declared that the group does not want to create any real damage to the Israeli government. He grounds his belief on the fact that Anonymous announced the attack a long time ago before they eventually enacted it. Yisraeli described the cyber-attack as a mere intention to draw the public and the press’ attention.
Anonymous is using the current conflict between Israelis and Palestinians to get in the spotlight. This is the second attack they made in the past months in order to determine Israeli officials to adopt a better policy for Palestinians. The last attack took place in November, but the damage was minimal according to the government’s declaration.