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Israel facing 'millions' of cyber-attacks over Gaza

Published on Nov 19, 2012 6:09 AM
Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian protester during clashes in the West Bank town of Nablus, on Nov 18, 2012, as Palestinian across the territories protest against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip. -- PHOTO : AFP

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel admitted on Sunday it has been targeted in a mass cyber-warfare campaign that has witnessed millions of attempts to hack state websites since the start of its Gaza offensive four days ago.

Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz told reporters the government had been forced to wage war on "a second front" - of cyber attacks against Israel.

"This is an unprecedented attack," Mr Steinitz said, indicating that Israel had "deflected 44 million cyber attacks on government websites" since it began a widespread air campaign over Gaza on Wednesday.

"All the attacks were thwarted except for one, which targeted a specific website that was down for six or seven minutes," he said. The comments from Israel's overseer of Internet security came a day after the Anonymous online activist group claimed downing dozens of websites of state agencies and a top bank in protest over the Jewish state's deadly air assault.

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