Israel Braces for Massive Cyber-Attack

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The hacktivist group Anonymous plans to launch a massive cyber-attack against Israel, beginning Sunday and continuing through Monday, coinciding with the Jewish state's observance of Holocaust Memorial Day.

Several other anti-Israel hactivist groups have joined the #OpIsrael effort, whose goal is to "launch a coordinated, massive cyber-attack on Israeli targets with the intent of erasing Israel from the Internet."

On Wednesday, about 15,000 Israeli Facebook accounts were hacked, Israel Hayom reported.

According to the report, a virus unleashed through a malicious IP address allowed the virus to attack other computers through theirs.

It's not the first time the pro-Palestinian group has targeted Israel. During last November's military incursion in the Gaza Strip to stop Palestinian rocket attacks, the group launched a major offensive against Israeli government websites, banks, businesses credit card companies, and private websites.

Since 2008, Anonymous began focusing on collective hacktivism, and by 2011, CNN positioned it among the top three successors to WikiLeaks.

Knesset members and staff have been alerted to expect "an unusual level" of cyber-attacks."

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