Daily Israel Report

Hacker Attack on Yeshiva Machon Meir

An Arab hacker attack on popular Israeli outreach Yeshiva Machon Meir failed to keep its website down for more than an hour.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 2/1/2012, 3:02 PM

Hacker image on Yeshiva Machon Meir website
Hacker image on Yeshiva Machon Meir website
Ben Bresky

An Arab hacker attack on popular Israeli outreach Yeshiva Machon Meir failed to keep its website off the Internet Wednesday afternoon for more than an hour.

It was not immediately clear which group -- or individual -- was responsible for the attack.

An Internet security expert quoted in a report on global cyber terrorism that was released this week that Israel is hit with 1,000 cyber attacks per minute. However, the same report, published by the Brussels-based Security & Defense Agenda (SDA) think tank and McAfee Internet security firm, named Israel as a global leader in defense against cyber terrorism.

A student who was stunned to see the yeshiva's homepage had gone black, with Arabic writing and the portrait of a terrorist at the top contacted Arutz Sheva about the attack.

"I just went to the site and saw that it was taken down by Jew-hating Ishmaelites," he said. "I expect this will be happening to many of us now."

The yeshiva's site was back up and running in less than an hour.

The religious Zionist outreach Torah institution is situated in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat Moshe, close to Givat Shaul.

Machon Meir, led by Rabbi Dov Begun, is one of the larger outreach organizations in Israel, and is strongly associated with the nationalist and settler movement.