By Oded Yaron
The hacker group â€œAnonymousâ€ released a video Friday threatening to begin a â€˜reign of terrorâ€™ against Israel, in the latest round of cyber warfare between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli hackers.
The video, which was posted on YouTube in the early hours of the morning, blamed Israel for committing â€˜crimes against humanity,â€™ and criticizing it for its treatment of Palestinians.
â€œThrough the use of media deception and political bribery, you have amassed the sympathies of many. You claim to be democratic, yet in reality this is far from the truth. In fact, your only goal is to better the lives of a select few while carelessly trampling the liberties of the masses,â€ says the clipâ€™s computer-generated narrator over ominous background music.
The video also makes reference to the possibility of an Israeli strike on Iran, claiming that Israel has â€œtaken steps to ensure a nuclear holocaust,â€ and that it will not be allowed â€œto attack a sovereign country based upon a campaign of lies.â€
Moreover, the video threatens to start a crusade against Israel that will take the form of three steps, only revealing that the first of these steps will attempt to systematically remove Israel from the internet.
It must be noted that, to date, not all of the groupâ€™s threats have been carried out. Anonymous has previously threatened to attack the Knesset website, although the site did not suffer any damage. Furthermore, due to the decentralized nature of the group, previous hacking threats on sites such as Facebook were later discovered to be the result of misunderstandings between members of the group.
Over the past month, pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli hackers have been battling in cyberspace. Starting on January 3, the hackers group, â€œGroup-XPâ€, claimed it had obtained personal information of about 400,000 Israelis, but checks carried out by the credit card issuers and the Bank of Israel determined that the details of between 14,000 and 15,000 active cards had been exposed. According to Maglan Internet Defense Technologies, a total of 31,000 credit card numbers had been exposed in all, some of them belonging to foreign nationals.