The hacker group Anonymous has become well known for taking political stances on many issues, but Anonymous’ Israel hack attempt in 2015 is threatening to create an “electronic Holocaust” a week before the time when Jews are celebrating Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is known in Israel as Yom HaShoah.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, in the past Anonymous has used political correctness about Islam as their primary weapon when it comes to attacking ISIS, but by the end of their recent #OPISIS attack, they had released the names of over 9,000 Islamic State supporters on the internet.
Anonymous’ Israel attack plans specifically highlighted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in their video by attempting to link him and his government to “crimes in the Palestinian territories.” The footage showed images from the conflict in Gaza by intermixing actions of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) alongside images of injured children. Anonymous claims that all they see is “continuous aggression, bombing and kidnapping of the Palestinian people, as in the war against Gaza in 2014.”
In response to these alleged crimes, Anonymous hackers will stage attacks on Israel on April 7, 2015.
“We will erase you from cyberspace in our electronic Holocaust,” the Anonymous representative threatened. “As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions. A message to the youth of Palestine, you are a symbol of freedom, resistance and hope: we are with you and will continue to defend you. Our message to the foolish Benjamin Netanyahu and all leaders in the Zionist entities, we will continue to electronically attack until the people of Palestine are free.”
According to Haaretz, this is not the first time the Anonymous hacker group has made such threats. Every April 7 since 2013, they have used the time frame of Holocaust Remembrance Day as an excuse to attack the Jewish nation while sending supportive messages to Muslim groups.
“To the government of Israel, you have not stopped your endless human right violations. You have not stopped illegal settlements. You killed thousand people as in the last war against Gaza in 2014. You have shown that you do not respect international law.”
Despite the grandiose threats, Anonymous’ hack attempts on Israel have also been largely ineffective. In 2014, they did manage to take down some websites temporarily, but otherwise not many people noticed, according to Ynet News.
“While Israel is threatened with cyberattacks every few months, hackers often fail or cause minimal and temporary damage. In some cases lists of names and passwords of Israelis are released online, but these lists are sometimes outdated.”
What do you think about the Anonymous hacker group linking their planned hack attempts to Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Jewish people?