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Online Turkey-Israel Hacker War Rages; Attempt on Arutz Sheva

Turkish hackers targeted Israeli sites, including A7. Israeli hackers struck back, defacing several Turkish sites. Online battle rages.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/4/2010, 11:14 AM / Last Update: 6/4/2010, 1:31 PM

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Turkish hackers have targeted Israeli sites over the past several days and succeeded in defacing a number of sites on Thursday, including the official website of the Tel Aviv municipality. The online attacks were launched in revenge for a clash between IDF soldiers and passengers on a Gaza-bound ship that left several Turkish citizens dead.

While no official data exists, reports indicate that hundreds of Israeli sites have been affected by the hackers' attacks. Most of the sites damaged by hackers were relatively small. The hackers' attempts to deface larger sites, including government web pages and media outlets, were not successful.

Arutz Sheva's web development staff reported that hackers had attempted to knock Arutz Sheva offline on Wednesday and Thursday. Most of the hackers were using the Turkish internet provider TurkTelekom, said programmer Moshe Lampert.

Many of the attempts at infiltration were simple efforts that included the use of programs that automatically check sites for vulnerability to SQL injection, he explained. Arutz Sheva has dealt with similar attempts at defacing its site in the past, he added.

Following a wave of hacking attacks on Wednesday, Israeli hackers launched a counter-attack, hitting several Turkish websites, including official government sites.