International hackers have threatened to launch what has become an annual cyberattack on Israeli and Jewish websites starting on Monday and continuing through Tuesday.
One of the hacker groups suspected of leading the attack is AnonGhost, which supports terrorist organizations, including Hamas and the Islamic State group. The attack, nicknamed #OpIsrael, has taken place for the last three years.
In previous years, the #OpIsrael attack was carried out by the Arab division of hacker group Anonymous, which warned of an “electronic Holocaust.”
In a video warning of the cyberattack, hackers said they will bring down government, bank and business websites in retaliation for Israel’s actions toward the Palestinians during Operation Protective Edge this past summer.
The Anti-Defamation League issued a security advisory informing Jewish and Israeli communities of the impending attack, which is expected to take down websites and replace their content with anti-Semitic messages.
ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said that “Israel and Jewish communities worldwide should be on alert, as digital terrorism takes many forms and hackers are getting more sophisticated.”