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Israeli chemical factories targeted by hacker group in massive cyberattack

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)
A group of hackers carries out a massive cyberattack against Israeli chemical companies. (Illustrative photo)

A group of hackers has reportedly launched a massive cyberattack on Israeli chemical companies operating in the occupied territories, warning their engineers and workers to quit their posts before they suffer severe repercussions of the Tel Aviv regime’s relentless violence against Palestinians.

“Our message to chemists working in the chemical factories is to leave their job, look for a new one, and take refuge in a place where we are not present. This is while we have a strong presence anywhere,” Russia’s Arabic-language RT Arabic television news network cited the message published by the Electronic Quds Force.

It added, “We confirm that your work in chemical factories poses danger to your lives; however, we will never hesitate to melt your bodies with chemicals next time an act of aggression is perpetrated against Palestinians.”

Israeli forces launch raids on various cities of the occupied West Bank almost on a daily basis under the pretext of detaining what Tel Aviv calls “wanted” Palestinians. The raids usually lead to violent confrontations with residents.

Over the past months, Israel has ramped up attacks on Palestinian towns and cities throughout the occupied territories. As a result of these attacks, dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested..

The United Nations marked 2022 as the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in 16 years.

Late last August, a massive cyber attack by a group of Iraqi hackers knocked offline the websites of four major ports in the Israeli-occupied territories, weeks after a group of pro-Palestinian hackers from Bangladesh shut down the websites of two commercial Israeli ports.

Sabereen News, a Telegram news channel associated with the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) or Hashd al-Sha’abi, reported that a hacker group calling itself "ALtahrea Team" took down the websites of Jaffa Port, the Port of Haifa, Acre Port as well as the Port of Eilat on August 31.

Back on August 8, ALtahrea Team carried out a massive cyber attack against dozens of Israeli websites, including that of the municipality of the western Negev city of Sderot.

A week earlier, the Hebrew-language Yedioth Ahronot daily newspaper reported that a group of pro-Palestinian hackers, named Mysterious Team Bangladesh, had brought down the websites of the Port of Eilat and the Port of Ashdod.

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