Published: 2018-04-04 10:23
Last Updated: 2018-04-04 11:16
Several governmental Israeli websites were hacked on Tuesday evening in a cyberattack launched by a pro-Palestinian hacker. The hacker replaced the websites’ homepages with an image from Friday’s protests in Gaza.
The image was added with the headline: “Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine” in English, and “We will not forget our martyrs” in Arabic, with Arabic music playing in the background. However, the Israeli government was able to regain control of their websites shortly after the attack.
According to The Jerusalem Post (JP), websites belonging to hospitals, local authorities, Israeli Opera, Israel Teachers' Union and the Israeli Defense Forces Widow & Orphans organization were attacked by a hacker known as DarkCoder or Th3Falcon.
The cyberattack was in response to Israel’s most recent attack on Palestinians in Gaza, after a 23-year-old Palestinian was shot dead on Tuesday evening in east of al-Bureij refugee camp, when Gazans were protesting through the “Great Return March,” which kicked off on Land Day and is scheduled to continue until 15 May, 2018, which marks Nakba Day.
Since Friday, the death toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces along the Gaza borders increased to 17 people, with more than 1500 others injured.
Israel’s use of live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protesters has triggered condemnation from the international community, as Israel is violating international human rights law.