No-one can accuse these pro-palestinians of being the sharpest tools in the shed (but tools, yes).
Haaretz Hebrew website was brought down in a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, as a cyber war between pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian hackers continued.
In a Twitter message, Anonymous Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack: “haaretz.co.il Tango Down ”.
The attack came hours after hackers attacked the websites of two Israeli hospitals, managing to bring down the sites for several hours.
According to the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, the Mossad identified multiple attempts to break into the hospital’s website, similar to previous cyber attacks on websites of important Israeli institutions.
As a result, Sheba’s website was paralyzed for several hours, saying that its security system is “attempting to identify the source of attack the problem in order to block threatening activity.”
The Sheba website, as well as that of Assouta Medical Center, Tel Aviv were able to be fully recovered, however, the extent of the damage caused to the patients’ personal files has yet to be seen.
Palestinians are the recipients of care at the Sheba medical center. Here is a recent, well publicized example:
Some 1,000 Palestinians received hearing aids recently as part of a humanitarian project organized by the American Friends of Sheba Medical Center, the Starkey Hearing Foundation and the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel organization.
Under the direction of Dr. Rafi Walden, the deputy director of the Sheba Medical Center and a member of Physicians for Human Rights, a team consisting of 20 doctors, medical students, and a speech therapist set out on a three-day humanitarian mission in the West Bank city of Tulkarm.
They conducted hearing tests and hearing aid fittings for those who need them. The hearing aids, which were donated by the US-based Starkey Hearing Foundation and cost $1 million, were distributed two months later.
Palestinians – children, women and the elderly – who suffer from hearing impairment and are disconnected from the surroundings, to hear again,” he said.
The same goes for Assouta Medical Center.
So I have to wonder how many of the patients whose personal files may have been damaged are palestinian.
As for Ha’aretz…need I even explain?
About the AuthorAn Australian immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave has been blogging since early 2003.
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