Online intifada

Johannes Schneider Johannes.Schneider at
Mon Nov 6 06:24:35 MST 2000

The Lebanese Daily Star seems to be an excellent source on the cyber-war.
Latest reports can be found here:

In German there is a report on Telepolis:


Here are the reports from Daily Star. I post them in full because it looks
to me as if they do not stay for long on their webpage.

Hackers launch 'phase three' of online intifada
Ranwa Yehia
Daily Star staff

Arab hackers are attempting to divert Israeli funds from buying weapons and
ammunition to fight the Palestinians by forcing the Jewish state to invest
in repairing and safeguarding internet service providers in Tel Aviv.
In an e-mail sent to The Daily Star, the staff of UNITY website, created to
encourage Arab supporters to target Israeli sites in an attempt to down
them, announced that phase three of the cyberwar has begun.
"Remember, the more money they lose in fixing and strengthening their
systems means less money to buy bullets and rockets for use against our
children," stated the e-mail, addressed to Arab internet users who have been
active in attacking Israeli sites.
"Maybe you can't hold a gun and fight, but you can contribute in the
struggle by visiting and forwarding the counter attack links," it said,
listing the links: and
"Every dollar they lose means one less bullet for the Zionist soldiers'
ammunition, it means a life of a Palestinian child," the e-mail said.
One of the UNITY staffers, who spoke to The Daily Star on condition of
anonymity, said the attacks were simply an "act of self-defense."
He also threatened that Israeli e-commerce sites would be attacked if
Israelis and their supporters "attempt to touch any anti-Zionist site."
Attacking e-commerce sites is listed as phase four in the cyberwar attack.
UNITY said the aim would make the Israelis lose "millions of dollars in
losses in transactions."
The reason phase three of the cyberwar was initiated, the
staff member explained, was because Israelis and their supporters hacked
into Hizbullah's Al-Manar Television website last week, combined with "a
Zionist action against UNITY."
"All this forced us to start phase three of the cyberwar," he said.
Alan Abbey, the managing editor of an Israeli website,,
posted an article on the website describing how moving hosts out of Israel
was "shaking up the high-tech business community."
Due to what Abbey described as "the serious threat of cyber-terrorism," a
web company, Webstyle, is moving all of its Israeli-based hosting to the US,
making them harder to attack.
However, Arab hackers have become so effective that even the FBI has warned
that the cyber attacks on Israeli sites could "spill over" to the US.
A recent advisory from the FBI's cybercrime unit said: "Due to the credible
threat of terrorist acts in the Middle East region, and the conduct of these
web attacks, (internet users) should exercise increased vigilance to the
possibility that US government and private-sector websites may become
potential targets."
The FBI said the method of attacks against Israeli websites included
automated e-mail floods and high volumes of coordinated requests for web
services by pro-Palestinians.
The FBI has recommended certain security measures for government agencies
and private businesses. Security officials should be prepared to take
appropriate steps to prevent e-mail flood attacks, block source e-mail
addresses in the event of a flooding, and ensure that appropriate patches
are installed in operating systems to limit vulnerability to other
denial-of-service attack methods.
In response, UNITY circulated an e-mail encouraging "every freedom fighter
with networking and hacking skills to contact them at
Irongaurds at
UNITY is also encouraging Arab website owners to post hacking codes because
UNITY sites are being constantly attacked by pro-Israelis.
Sites promoting cyberattacks on Israeli sites which are still running are:

Cyberwar expands to claim first US victim

Ranwa Yehia
Daily Star staff
Arab hackers have targeted the website of a US company that conducts
business with Israel ­  the first such attack since the Arab-Israeli
cyberwar began three weeks ago.
The US company, Lucent Technologies, was attacked on Thursday by thousands
of hackers at the same time. Although the company confirmed it was targeted,
it said company security workers were able to fend off the attack before it
brought the site down.
The attack came only a few days after an FBI warning that the Arab-Israeli
cyberwar could "spill over" to the United States.
The Lucent website was listed among 13 sites posted on the UNITY website, a
site encouraging Arabs to target Israeli sites.
Over the weekend at least six Israeli sites were hacked, among them a
commercial firm for strategic consulting, project planning, and website
design; a commercial medical company; an Israeli student association; a
college; and a religious high school.
The hackers attacking the Israeli sites identified themselves as "Gforce
Pakistan," which is most probably the same group that hacked an American
pro-Israeli lobby group, Aipac, last week.
The attack on the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee was the first
cyberwar case to be comprehensively reported by major US media outlets.
Meanwhile, the Israeli site,, that initiated the cyberwar
three weeks ago by listing Hizbullah and Palestinian sites, has been
removed. However, a group calling itself "Israel Hackers" launched a website
on Sunday that has similar functions as
Entitled "Hackers of Israel Unite," the site encourages "the army of Israeli
soldiers on the net" to "search and destroy all of the Arab sites on the
The site, which had received 214 visitors by early Sunday evening, tells
Israeli supporters that all they need is "a computer, a shell, and revenge."
The sites listed to be targeted include the Palestinian Authority site;
Hizbullah's Al-Manar Television site; a Palestinian information site,; Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency site; and a Jordanian
portal site,
The Israeli site's front page posts a picture of Palestinian leader Yasser
Arafat holding sticks of dynamite. Below is a picture of Palestinian
children holding guns with Unicef's logo on top. Another animated picture
shows Arafat repeatedly ducking target attacks aimed at him.
The site, www.israelhackers., is trying to coordinate attacks based
on ICQ channels.
The Israeli Army website was again downed for at least five days, despite
seeking AT&T to host it after it was downed by Arab hackers.
Israeli site administrators are kept busy protecting sites from Arab
The Israeli Army site, for example, keeps going on and off, indicating that
it is being attacked and then reloaded by site administrators.
The Israeli sites that were down on Sunday afternoon included the Ministry
of Defense, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the Ministry of Industry
and Trade, the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and the Tel Aviv Stock
"We're expecting the battle to heat up from our side in the next few days,"
a UNITY staffer told The Daily Star.
"Our cyberwar won't stop until all the anti-Zionist sites attacked are
restored," he said.
New UNITY attack sites include the following: and

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