Hackers broke into the Israel Fire and Rescue Services website overnight Thursday, and put up anti-Israel text and images, Channel 2 News reported.
The hackers, who identified themselves as the Gaza Hacker Team, also posted a photo of an armed Palestinian Authority Arab and below it wrote, “Why do you not understand that this is an embarrassing situation for you and that you cannot get out of it? Danny Ayalon said that Israel will respond to hacking of Israeli sites. We break into your sites every day and will continue to do so without interruption.”
The message was referring to Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon’s remarks against cyber terrorism last Saturday.
Ayalon, who spoke after Saudi hackers published credit card information of Israelis, warned that Israel will retaliate against hacker attacks in the same way as it would against any terrorist attack.
Earlier this week, Ayalon’s site was itself breached by hackers, who didn’t manage to do much more than put a 30-minute dent in the site's defenses. Ayalon’s site was back up and running normally within half an hour.
The hackers who broke into the Israel Fire and Rescue Services website posted a picture of Ayalon with signs of shoe soles. Under the picture they posted a text in Arabic which read, “Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad and all the Palestinian factions will fight your army. All prisoners will be released from your prisons. Freedom for Palestine.” They also wrote “Death to Israel” in red Hebrew letters.
Channel 2 reported that the hackers threatened to continue to break into government sites and vowed they would continue to fight Israel.
Israel Fire and Rescue Services confirmed to Channel 2 News that the website was being attacked by “multiple hackers” and added, “We are trying to bring the site down while keeping the content intact and then bring it back online.”