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Cyberattack causes missile attack sirens to sound in Israel

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Missile warnings in al-Quds and Eilat are believed to have been caused by a cyberattack.

A suspected cyberattack has caused missile attack sirens to sound in two cities in Israel, the regime's media reports say. 

They said missile attack warning sirens were activated in al-Quds and Eilat on Saturday evening, and rang for almost an hour. Israeli military authorities scrambled to reassure that the sirens were a false alarm, which it attributed to a "malfunction".

On Monday, however, the Israeli Army Radio said the regime's cyber directorate (INCD) suspects that a cyberattack was "behind a system malfunction."

According to the INCD, the attack was directed against the municipality's siren systems and by accessing the alert system, the hackers were able to activate the sirens.

The INCD did not specify who was suspected of having carried out the hack, but the Israeli Army Radio quoted a former official as accusing Iran of the cyberattack.

The number of alleged cyberattacks against the occupying regime has been mounting over the past months.

On Wednesday, a hacker group identifying itself as the "Moses Staff" broke into the Israeli electricity network, vowing to plunge the regime into darkness.

The group said it had targeted the Israel electric corporation, the largest supplier of electrical power in the occupied territories, as well as Dorad energy ltd., which serves customers throughout the territories, and technical solutions provider, Reali technologies ltd.

Earlier this year, the group struck Israel's closed-circuit television cameras in the occupied Palestinian territories and Rafael advanced defense systems, an Israeli military technology company. Back then, it posted a message regarding the cyberattack on its website, titled “We see with your eyes.”

Last November, Moses Staff said it had successfully conducted a massive cyberattack against the occupying regime, breaking into the servers of major companies, and adding that it was now in possession of comprehensive data that could be leaked.

According to Moses Staff's website, the group has so far hacked scores of servers and hundreds of websites and compiled dozens terabytes of data.

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