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Indonesian hacker group targets several Israeli websites, including Foreign Ministry

A group of Indonesian hackers has shut down a number of Israeli websites, including those of the ministries of health and foreign affairs, in a major cyber attack.

An Indonesian hacker group has carried out a massive cyber attack against a number of Israeli websites, including those of the ministries of foreign affairs, education and health.

The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported that the group, calling itself VulzSecTeam, announced on Monday that it had managed to break into the websites of the Israeli education, health and foreign ministries, as well as Israel police and bus and train companies in recent days, and took them down.

On Sunday, VulzSecTeam published data from Israeli gas stations, bus stations, and flights via its Telegram channel.

The group also hacked into Israeli home security cameras which were connected to the Internet.

The developments come only a few days after pro-Palestinian hackers knocked offline the websites of dozens of prominent Israeli companies and institutions in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people on the occasion of International Quds Day and to condemn heinous crimes committed by the Israeli regime against the oppressed nation.

According to a report published by the Hebrew-language Israel Hayom newspaper, the hackers brought down at least 60 Israeli websites within 48 hours, and the cyber attacks, which took place on an unprecedented scale, caused widespread disruption across the occupied territories.

The report added that apart from Israeli banks, which came under cyber attacks on Quds Day, the websites of international ride-hailing service Yango and the private College of Law and Business in Ramat Gan were among those affected.

Information technology specialists and experts emphasize that the methods used for the hacking were significantly more advanced than those employed in previous years.

The Israel Hayom further noted that the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, during which websites are targeted by overwhelming their servers with too many requests to connect, have made many of the websites unavailable, with hackers asserting they managed to take over a number of servers and take control of computers at two water supply monitoring systems.

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