Israel suffers largest DDoS attack ever: Many government websites go offline

Recently, the Israeli government website was hit by a large-scale DDoS attack, and the instantaneous influx of traffic caused the network of local telecommunications operators in Israel to be disrupted. The attacks included the websites of the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Justice, and the website of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. As an emergency response method, Israel directly cut off international access to these websites, that is, the Internet cannot be accessed but can still be accessed in Israel.

The data showed that at 4 pm local time yesterday, the Israeli operator’s network connectivity suddenly plummeted from 100% to 5%, but availability was restored a few hours later.

In the last few hours, a denial of service (DDoS) attack has been identified on a communications provider which, as a result, has for a short time prevented access to a number of sites, including government sites,” the government-funded directorate said on Twitter. “As of this hour all the sites are back for activity,” it added.

After encountering a sudden large-scale traffic attack that caused the website to go offline, the Israeli government quickly restored the operation of these websites by cutting off the Internet connection.

After the autonomous system cut off the international Internet connection, the connectivity of the monitoring points plummeted from 100% to 0%, but normal access has been restored in Israel. After the attack, the Israeli Ministry of Communications held a meeting and said it was restoring the website. After a period of processing, all websites are now back online. However, the international monitoring point shows that the connectivity of some Israeli government departments’ websites is still very low, and security measures should be deployed and restored one by one.

The attack is the largest DDoS attack in Israel’s history, but the person behind the attack and why it was carried out is not yet known. News that Israel suspects a state-backed hacking group or a very large hacking group is behind the attack has not been officially confirmed. Another source suggested that a hacking group with ties to Iran claimed responsibility and launched the attack in retaliation for Israel’s actions against Iran’s nuclear facilities. However, the news has not been confirmed, and the hacking group is not well-known and has not been linked to attacks in Israel in the past.
It stands to reason that this kind of denial of service attack just paralyzes the access of the website, which is actually meaningless, after all, it does not steal the confidential data of these government websites. But the Israeli Ministry of Defense was concerned about a potential data breach and decided to investigate potential losses, including any that could compromise its infrastructure.
Via: ndtv