Israel Eyes Cyberwar in Egypt and Yemen

An “organization of international hackers which calls itself “Anonymous” is taking credit for shutting down some Egyptian government web sites. The NY Times writes:

Anonymous, a loosely defined group of hackers from all over the world, gathered about 500 supporters in online forums and used software tools to bring down the sites of the Ministry of Information and President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party, said Gregg Housh, a member of the group who disavows any illegal activity himself. The sites were unavailable Wednesday afternoon.

The attacks, Mr. Housh said, are part of a wider campaign that Anonymous has mounted in support of the antigovernment protests that have roiled the Arab world.

Anonymous has also hacked official Yemenite web sites too.

This is the kind of “online rioting” that Israeli internet security expert Gadi Evron told HonestReporting Israel might one day face. I’m sure Israel — and other hackers — are eyeing the ongoing cyberwar.

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