One of the images that appeared on Israeli websites during cyber attacks launched by Anonymous Hacktivists in November 2012
Hacktivist group Anonymous is planning a massive cyber attack on the Israeli regime, threatening to “erase” it from the Internet.
“Hacktivists Starting Cyber Attack against Israel on 7th of April,” Anonymous wrote on Twitter, calling on hackers around the world to participate in the second of a series of cyber attacks known as ‘OpIsrael.’
Following the threat, Israeli officials have been reportedly preparing for the potential attack.
“It’s something being organized online over the past few days. What distinguishes this plan when compared to previous attacks is that it really seems to be organized by Anonymous-affiliated groups from around the world in what looks like a joining of forces,” said Ofir Ben Avi, director of an online Israeli organization.
The first OpIsrael was launched by Anonymous during the eight-day Israeli war on Gaza in November 2012.
Some 700 Zionist websites came under repeated cyber attacks, including the regime’s high-profile systems such as its foreign ministry, and the Israeli president's official website.
“We are Anonymous. We are legion. We will not forgive. We will not forget. Israel, it is too late to expect us,” read the hacktivist group’s message to Israeli authorities.
The Israeli ministry for financial affairs reported an estimated 44 million unique attacks on the regime’s websites during the cyber operation.
According to the report, Anonymous posted the online personal data of 5,000 Israeli officials, including names, ID numbers and personal emails following ‘OpIsrael.’