The Ghost Squad Hackers shut down Israeli Prime Minister Office and the Bank of Israel website in support of Palestine.
The official website of Israeli Prime Minister office (pmo.gov.il) and The Bank of Israel (bankisrael.gov.il) were taken down by Ghost Squad on Sunday. Both sites were targeted under the banner of OpIsrael, an online operation started by Anonymous in 2013.
Usually, the Squad conducts distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on their targets but Israeli PMO and the Bank of Israel sites were shut down by exploiting a Denial of Service flaw in the PMO’s website. In an exclusive conversation with S1ege, one of the attackers from Ghost Squad, HackRead was told that:
“We found a denial of service exploit on Israeli prime minister office website and it’s been down for 72 hours and counting.”
S1ege also confirmed that the attack was conducted in support of Palestine and plans are to come up with more attacks to raise awareness regarding the Palestinian issue.
“We the GSH are not against anyone but injustice and it’s obvious what’s going on in Palestine is injustice and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a war criminal, said S1ege.”
At the time of publishing this article; the Israeli PMO website was down while the Bank of Israel site was restored. Here is a screenshot showing the PMO office website showing errors on its homepage.
Who are Ghost Squad hackers and their previous attacks?
Ghost Squad Hackers is the same group who previously made news for DDoSing Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and Black Lives Matter websites. GSH also took part in Anonymous’s OpIcarus against banking and financial giants worldwide in which the Central bank of Cyprus, Bank of Panama and several other banking sites were taken down. Click here to go through cyber attacks conducted under the operation OpIcarus.
That’s not all, GSH also hacked the official website of Baton Rouge City against Alton Sterling’s death who was shot dead by the police. Last but not the least the group also leaked personal details of data of 2,437 US Army personals including names, emails, phone numbers, Dob, addresses, zip codes, credit card data including types, numbers, expiration date and CVV codes in plain text.