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Sudanese hackers target Israeli aviation, weapons industries websites

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 major cyber-attack by a group of Sudanese hackers has knocked offline the websites of a number of Israeli websites, including that of a major aerospace and aviation manufacturer. (Illustrative photo)

Hacker groups have had Israeli firms and facilities in the cross hairs over the past few months, and now Sudanese hackers have carried out a massive cyber-attack against a number of Israeli websites, including that of a major aerospace and aviation manufacturer.

Palestinian media outlets reported that the websites of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) – an Israeli firearms manufacturer, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. and Evigilo Ltd., which develops and delivers emergency mass-notification and alert multi-channel solutions, went down on Saturday. The attack was claimed by a group of hackers that goes by the name 'Anonymous Sudan.'

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The same hacker group recently targeted the websites of the Israeli spy agency Mossad, the so-called internal security service Shin Bet, and several other companies across the occupied territories.

The Hebrew-language Maariv daily newspaper reported on April 24 that various Israeli websites were knocked offline due to a widespread cyber-attack by Anonymous Sudan.

Among those targeted were television, communication companies, banks, service companies, universities, newspapers, and Israel’s water company.

On Wednesday, a group of hackers known as 'Sharp Boys' targeted the Atid vocational training institute, and put the stolen information up for sale after publishing part of it, including a file containing 200,000 names, identification numbers and addresses of the students. The hacker group claimed it had obtained the personal information of Israelis, including identification documents of people who served in the military and police forces of the occupying regime.

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