Thursday, January 15, 2009

Israel-Hamas war now in cyberspace

Al-Aqsa a Hamas television station that became famous for showing "Farfour" an anti-semitic Mickey Mouse look-alike was hacked by Israel Defense Force (IDF) last week. Reports said that the station was broadcasting live air attacks on Gaza Strip when it was suddenly changed to an animated clip of Hamas' leadership being gunned down.

The day before the hack, a broadcast on Al-Aqsa was interrupted by a Hebrew-accented Arabic voice saying: "Hamas leaders are hiding and they are leaving you on the front line."

In another development, a Turkish hacker using the name Agd_Scorp hacked and defaced a US Army website www.mdw.army.mil and NATO site www.nato-pa.int in protest for the Israeli attacks on Gaza Strip. The defacer left a warning to Israel and the USA.

An Israeli website Globes[online] reported that there is "an Israeli Internet initiative recruiting surfers for cyberwarfare to crash hostile websites." The recruited members were asked download files that can overload the Hamas servers causing them to crash.

At the other side, pro-Palestinian hackers are attacking Israel websites, hackers so far successfully defaced the website of Israel Discount Bank and the English Edition newspaper www.ynetnews.com.

The attacks against Israel were done using SQL Injection, a technique that exploits a security vulnerability occuring in the database layer of an application. The attacker could gain access by exploiting this bug caused by processing invalid data.

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