Hackers Attempt to Crack Iron Dome Systems

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- While Israel continues its offensive against Hamas and other terror groups in the Gaza Strip, hackers attempted more than a million cyberattacks against Israeli government websites in a 24-hour period, Israel Hayom reported, succeeding in hacking more than a 1,000 websites.

According to the report, there were 44 million attempts to disrupt Israeli government websites since Operation Pillar of Defense began.

The anti-Israel techies hacked at least 3,000 email accounts and thousands of Facebook pages, leaving pro-Palestinian messages on several websites.

The cyber war has focused on Israeli military industry websites where they've been particularly interested in capturing information about the Iron Dome anti-missile batteries.

"The government's teleprocessing unit, which in recent days has been operated on emergency alert status, also reported an unprecedented number of cyberattacks over the past few days," Israel Hayom reported.

Following a visit to the control center, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said one hacking attempt succeeded, but the site was up and running again within 10 minutes.

"The ministry's computer division will continue to block the millions of cyberattacks," Steinitz said.

According to the report, there have been 10 million attacks on Israeli President Shimon Peres' website, 7 million on the Foreign Ministry and 3 million on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's website.

The hacktivist collective Anonymous, using the name OpIsrael, hacked hundreds of retail and business sites, including the Bank of Jerusalem.

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