According to a report from Haaretz, a group of hackers has claimed to have compromised the database of Israeli voters on April 6, just a few days before the Knesset election, which is the name of Israel’s parliamentary or legislative election that will be held on April 9.
The group has claimed that it managed to steal sensitive data of 6 million Israeli voters after successfully compromising the voting system’s registry. The group posted about their hacking adventure on Twitter on Saturday.
However, the claim has been dismissed by the government authorities and the National Cyber Directorate and Population Authority is investigating the matter.
The hashtags that the hacker group used in its tweet revealed that the attack is part of a much larger operation dubbed as #OpIsrael. It is an annual campaign that is a coordinated effort from the infamous hackers collective Anonymous.
Reportedly, hackers use the Twitter handle DarkCoder and they posted a screenshot of the data that they have stolen from the voter registry. The screenshot shows important personal details like full names, ID numbers, and addresses so as to prove that their claims are authentic.
However, the Central Elections Committee of Israel claims that the data the group managed to access is actually part of another data leak dating back to 2006. The committee’s report also affirmed that the international hacking group Anonymous is behind the attacks on the Israeli website and voting system. Furthermore, so far they haven’t found any evidence of the voter registry getting hacked.