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Israeli media websites hit by cyber attack originating from Iraq
This is the second time this year that Israeli news websites have been subject to hacks or DDoS attacks
By News Desk - April 20 2022
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For the second time this year, Israeli news websites have been subject to cyber attacks.

Early in the morning of 20 April, several Israeli news websites went down in apparent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Israel’s Channel 3, Channel 9, and Channel 11 had their websites put offline.

Social networks loosely affiliated with Iraqi resistance groups reportedly posted about an impending event at 1:02am. The actual DDoS attacks occurred at 1:20am, which is the time in the morning that Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were assassinated by a US drone attack on 3 January 2020.

On the second anniversary of the assassination of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis on 3 January 2022, Israeli news websites and social media pages were also hacked with messages featuring an infamous quote by General Soleimani.

On 14 March, multiple Israeli government websites were hit by one of the largest cyber attacks in Israeli history.

The ministries of health, justice, welfare, interior, and the prime minister’s office were all hit by the attack, along with the organization responsible for cyber security. The Mossad website was also hit by this attack.

The 20 April cyber attacks come amid violent Israeli assaults on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its worshippers.

Palestinian resistance groups launched a limited retaliatory missile strike from Gaza on 18 April as a warning that further retaliatory measures will continue if the Israeli provocations against Palestinians and the Islamic holy site are not stopped.