The global hacking group Anonymous is at it again. This time, it's targeting the Israeli government and military because of the recent conflict in Gaza.
In nearly a week, Anonymous has shut down over 10 government and military websites, including the one belonging to the Mossad - Israel's intelligence agency. It has posted each downed site on Twitter using the name @AnonymousGlobo.
As of this writing, the Mossad's website is still down—over a week since the first distributed denial of service attack crashed the site. Many of the other targeted Israeli government websites, the Israeli State Archives site, the homepage for the southern Negev district, the Ministry of Justice, are still down as well:
A Norwegian arm of Anonymous has also released router usernames and passwords belonging to Israeli officials and government workers.
Anonymous is a loosely-affiliated group of "hacktivists" around the world. The group is known to stage cyberattacks against governments and businesses that it disagrees with. It received a major blow in 2012 when a member of the Anonymous group LulzSec worked with the FBI.
Hackers from South America, Asia and the Middle East are believed to be the ones who started the recent attack against Israel according to Mother Jones. An anonymous source told Mother Jones that collectively Anonymous doesn't hate Israel, but disapproves of its recent actions.