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Anonymous Comes Out in Support of Palestine

12:50 pm - 11/16/2012
Anonymous Attacks Israeli Websites To Show Gaza Support In Conflict
The Huffington Post
By Gerry Smith
Posted: 11/15/2012 4:24 pm EST Updated: 11/15/2012 4:24 pm EST

As Israel and Hamas continued their deadly conflict in Gaza Thursday, the hacker group Anonymous rallied to the Palestinians' side, launching a digital attack against websites belonging to the Israeli government.

Beginning early Thursday morning, the hacker group announced a mission to crash and deface websites belonging to the Israeli Defense Forces, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli websites belonging to security and financial corporations, according to Global Post.

On Twitter, an account linked to Anonymous called on followers to bring down more than 40 websites belonging to the Israeli government and military. The group is known for launching so-called "denial of service" attacks that overwhelm websites with traffic, causing them to crash.

“To the people of Gaza and the 'Occupied Territories', know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight," the group said in a statement. "We will do everything in our power to hinder the evil forces of the IDF arrayed against you. We will use all our resources to make certain you stay connected to the Internet and remain able to transmit your experiences to the world."

The hacker group posted a message on one website claiming to have taken down Israeli’s “top security and surveillance website.” The statement included a photo of what the group said were burning buildings in Gaza and said: “We Anonymous will not sit back and watch a cowardly Zionist State demolish innocent people’s lives.”

The hacker group also released a "care package" with tools for staying online if the Israeli government cuts off Internet access in Gaza. Another hacker group called Telecomix posted a message online with instructions on how to use dial-up Internet to stay connect if the Web is shut down.

But while heavy on rhetoric, Anonymous' mission may not have caused much harm. Forbes writer Andy Greenberg notes that most of Anonymous’ target websites were still online.

The long-simmering conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians sharply escalated Wednesday, with both sides launching airstrikes. The fighting has killed at least 15 Palestinians and at least three people in Israel over the past two days, according to The Associated Press.

The conflict has played out not just on the battlefield, but also online, with leaders from both sides broadcasting their attacks on Twitter in real time.


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chaya 17th-Nov-2012 01:54 am (UTC)
'oh shit the internet is here' would be a good tag
ms_maree 17th-Nov-2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Oh, good grief. Here we go.
sassalicious 17th-Nov-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Does anyone have recommendations for books to read about the history of the conflict? I feel like I have a giant gap in my knowledge and I'd like to rectify that.
sihaya09 17th-Nov-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Same here. I would like to be more informed, but I don't know a good, fairly-unbiased place to start.
orangepeel 17th-Nov-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I studied it in a very general way in high school, a few years ago. Having a very underdeveloped background knowledge and needing a primer, I found these books useful:



They are both intended to only be introductions or general overviews. The Lesch book is far less like a high school textbook, however, and in that way makes for a more compelling read. I'm sure there are plenty of others out there, though!
kitanabychoice 17th-Nov-2012 03:43 am (UTC)
Oh snap.
mary_pickforded 17th-Nov-2012 03:49 am (UTC)
sesmo 17th-Nov-2012 07:12 am (UTC)
The author of this article apparently does not realize that anyone can claim to be Anonymous, because it's not a top down controlled group. Today it's the Electronic Intifada folks claiming it. Let's see if tomorrow it's the Israeli Internet Defense folks.
cozmic_oceanz 17th-Nov-2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
this is lame and dumb and shit
quixotic_coffee 17th-Nov-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
While that might be true, I'm finding it hard to take your comment seriously. Also the care package seems like a good idea. Is there something wrong with it?
(no subject) - Anonymous
cozmic_oceanz 18th-Nov-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
haha yes this explains my comment perfectly! great minds think alike.
cozmic_oceanz 18th-Nov-2012 05:38 am (UTC)
Nah, care packages are cool.

Also, the comment wasn't very serious. But overall I think it's lame. Sometimes Internet activism works for me, but it just makes me angry how one-sided this is. I'm not sure how that's supposed to help bring about open-mindedness and peace and understanding on both ends. I would probably like it much better if there was also some hack telling Hamas to stop shooting rockets, too, you know?
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