Israeli hackers have gone on the offensive against their anti-Israel opponents in revenge for the #OpIsrael hacking attack against Israeli sites and servers.
After the failed "operation" by members of the "Anonymous" hacker network, Israeli hackers from Israel Elite Force took the fight to them - robbing them of their anonymity by posting details and even photos of some of the hackers on their website.
The hacker behind the counterattack, an Israeli known as "Buddhax", said that he did it to make anti-Israel hackers "think twice" before attacking Israeli sites, and to expose them as amateurs.
Israeli hackers had already responded to attempts last week to infiltrate Israeli and Jewish sites by taking down or defacing anti-Zionist and Muslim sites.
But Buddhax has gone a step further.
After infiltrating the target computers via a Trojan horse, he managed to lure the hapless hackers to their computers and take pictures of them using their own webcams - which he promptly posted online together with a list of personal information and a direct message to his targets: "Next time don't take part in OpIsrael. Long live Israel."
"I’m not a great hacker, but I’m at least good enough to expose you," he wrote, and signed off with a message for anti-Israel hackers:
"Israel will stay ISRAEL so forget about "Palestine". Long Live Israel."
Lior Pollack, CTO of information security at 2BSecure, told Geektime that the "exposure carried out by a team of hackers shows that the level of sophistication is very high as shown by the use of advanced tools to reach PC attackers to obtain information, photographs from their cameras through a Trojan horse.
"It’s not easy, they had to lure the attackers to press all kinds of links to get the Trojan horse in... there is a challenge even in recognizing which tools used can be accessed. Their methods suggests they are much more sophisticated and experienced than those attacking from OpIsrael, who are basically just kids who do basic things."
The exposed anti-Israel hackers hailed from a variety of countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, most prominently from Indonesia and Malaysia.