Hackers have attacked Palestinians servers, cutting off phone and Internet service across the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian communications minister told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday. He alleged that a foreign government was behind the attack.
“Since this morning all Palestinian IP addresses have come under attack from places across the world,” Mashur Abu Daqqa told AFP. “Israel could be involved as it announced yesterday that it was considering the kind of sanctions it would impose on us.”
The incident came a day after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted to admit Palestine as a full member of the group, a move that angered Israel.
Abu Daqqa said the sites were attacked in an “organized” manner, using mirror servers.
As early as 2006, hacking site Darknet reported that Israeli hackers had joined the fight against Palestine. Calling themselves IDF, the hackers disrupted dozens of Palestinian sites, erasing the site content and replacing it with their own photos with the caption: “You touch Israel, We touch you.”