What is the connection between Iran celebrating Jerusalem Day and the massive website attacks in Israel?


On Thursday, many Israeli sites reported being hacked, their content replaced by messages calling for Israel’s destruction.

Recently, Israel’s National Cyber Directorate warned of possible cyberattacks surrounding the Iranian Jerusalem Day, which comes back-to-back with Israel’s own Jerusalem Day this year.

Despite the widespread inconvenience for the many websites hacked, the attack method was relatively simple, one that usually doesn’t compromise the databases themselves.

Also, the swift attribution to Iran is not at all certain. At this point, it looks like hackers that are not state-affiliated are responsible.

Today, cyber warfare has become a political and strategic tool in the relations between states.

Therefore, it is best to refrain from swift attribution, as the “blame game” can result in an unwanted escalation.


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