Israel: Glitch, Not Hackers Brought Down Websites
Official spokespeople in Israel, the world's leader in hi-tech innovation and Internet security, deny that a hacking attack brought down government websites like a row of dominoes Sunday. The spokespeople say a technical malfunction in a server common to all of the sites caused them to collapse.
The collapse of the websites came several days after a hackers' group called Anonymous threatened to attack Israel, and was therefore initially believed by many to have been carried out by this group. However, official spokespeople say the proximity of the events is coincidental.
Carmela Avner, who manages the government interface, said a hardware malfunction was involved. "We can say with 100 percent certainty that there was no attack by Anonymous or any other element, " she added, and claimed that to this day, no one has hacked into the government's websites.
A successful attack of this magnitude on official Israeli websites including security agencies would have been a morale-booster for the enemies of Israel. Israeli intelligence is widely believed to be involved in the development of an ingenious computer virus called Stuxnet that is believed to have stalled Iranian nuclear development.