Hackers Penetrate Chief Rabbinate Computers And Demand Payment To Release Them

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icrA group of hackers have succeeded in penetrating the computer system of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel on Thursday, 27 Shevat. According to the report, the hackers were demanding a ransom of thousands of bitcoins to release the computers. The hacker attack includes the computers of the entire system as well as the offices of the Chief Rabbis of Israel; Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita and Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Shlita.

Members of the Ministry of Religious Services computer support and cyber experts were summoned. The experts report that they managed to restore all the date and the computers are now operating as they were prior to the attack.

As a result of the attack, delays in the Chief Rabbinate’s computer system were reported on Thursday.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


4 COMMENTS

  1. I would love to see Israel’s cyber police track down the goons doing this. There are countless victims every day, and this form of crime must be stopped. Best would be if the perpetrators were found and shot. I would not want the circus of them using the billions they garnered in ransom money to fund court cases, lawyers, etc. They are public menaces, and death is not enough.

  2. Reply to Unommin

    “Why to they have computers?”….Unless you were trying to be sarcastic, its a really stupid question. How do you think they keep track of data on all their obligations under the laws of EY to handle gittin, kedushim, geyrus, hashgacha, mikvos, eruvim, etc. Did you think there was some rebbelah or bunch of kollel yungerleit with quill pens keeping track of all this data on index cards?? Most frum yidden in EY, and Rav Lau’s staff don’t live in a cave and have computers at home with appropriate filters.