Hacker Group, Anonymous, Threatens Israel With ‘Electronic Holocaust’

The masked figure from Anonymous delivers a statement warning of an "Electronic Holocaust" against Israel. (PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube Screengrab)
The masked figure from Anonymous delivers a statement warning of an “Electronic Holocaust” against Israel. (PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube Screengrab)

Cyber activist group Anonymous has released an internet video which threatens Israel with an “electronic Holocaust” on April 7, in a massive cyber attack planned to fall just over a week before Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 16, known in Israel as Yom HaShoah.

The video shows a masked figure in a suit and tie delivering a prepared statement, warning that the group will eradicate Israel from cyberspace “for… crimes in the Palestinian territories”.

“We will erase you from cyberspace in our electronic Holocaust,” says the video’s masked figure. “As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions.”

“A message to the youth of Palestine, you are a symbol of freedom, resistance and hope: we are with you and will continue to defend you,” the electronic voiceover adds. “Our message to the foolish Benjamin Netanyahu and all leaders in the Zionist entities, we will continue to electronically attack until the people of Palestine are free.”

Delivered in English and with Arabic subtitles, the video shows Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting with members of his cabinet and military leaders, coupled with images from the Gaza conflict, including ones showing the air strikes on the enclave during the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Operation Protective Edge last summer and Gazans running with injured children.

Previous targets of the hacker group’s operations have been websites of the Israeli prime minister’s office, the IDF, the Bank of Israel and the Embassy of Israel to the United States.

Benjamin T. Decker, senior intelligence analyst at Tel Aviv-based geopolitical risk consultancy The Levantine Group, says that the hacker collective makes the threat every year and, thus, Israel has acclimatised to the cyber threat, with less damage done with every year.

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SOURCE: Newsweek, Jack Moore