Friday, November 23, 2012


#OpIsrael is an Anonymous-led raid to to protest Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense by taking down Israeli government websites through distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

In early November 2012, the Israel Defense Forces took to Twitter to live-update about the status of the fight in Gaza. On November 14th, IDF killed Ahmed Jabari, the chief of Hamas’ military wing, in an airstrike. Being the highest ranking Hamas official to be killed by the IDF since the 2008 Gaza War, the news of Jabari’s assassination quickly escalated tensions between the two sides.

The IDF has begun a widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the #Gaza Strip, chief among them #Hamas & Islamic Jihad targets. — IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 14, 2012

Notable Development
On November 15th, Anonymous-affiliated blog Anon Relations claimed that Israel’s government had publicly threatened to cut off Gaza’s internet access and called for an attack on the country’s most important websites in retaliation. The post included a “care package” file in both English and Arabic containing the press release, first aid instructions, a proxy to hide the user’s IP addresses, a technical guide on how to get around an internet access ban and a image file of the Anonymous seal.

On November 15th, a Pastebin file containing more than 650 web addresses defaced as part of the operation was created by Anonymous Grupo. Additionally, another Pastebin file as created to collect useful information for those in Gaza, including links to the care packages, cell phone apps, medical information, livestreams, news links and dial-up internet access numbers, among other resources. The same day, a modified version of the previous day’s communique was posted to YouTube by Gigabytedrop and a Twitter account and Facebook fan page were launched with the designated hashtag for the movement: #OpIsrael.

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