Hamas and Israel: “Parallel War” Online

Electronic infiltration groups claim to be targeting Israeli online assets amid the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza, disrupting websites such as the “Jerusalem Post.”

The conflict between Israel and Palestine typically garners intense global attention, and online infiltrators with political leanings often exploit the fighting, either to support their preferred side or simply to attract attention.

The electronic intelligence company “Record Future” stated, “Both old and new infiltration groups are announcing dozens of victims daily.”

Examples of significant or long-term damage are still scarce, but the activity demonstrates how a subset of supporters uses digital tools to bring the war online.

A group of electronic infiltrators supporting Hamas, known as “Anonymous Ghost,” claimed on their social media channel that they had disabled an Israeli emergency alert application, among other incidents.

Another group calling itself “Anonymous Sudan” on the “Telegram” app declared that they were targeting Israel’s critical infrastructure, although they provided little evidence to support their claims.

Security analysts noted that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks disrupted the operation of more than a hundred websites in Israel.

The Editor-in-Chief of the “Jerusalem Post,” Avi Mayer, said in an email, “Attackers have prevented us from accessing the internet for extended periods over the past few days. This is a blatant attack on press freedom.”

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