JThe Israeli government is investigating a suspected cyberattack that crashed several of its websites on Monday.
The apparent cyberattack targeted a number of websites with gov.il extensions, according to Israel’s National Cybersecurity Directorate, which declared a state of emergency to investigate the extent of the damage with the sites of ministries of security. Interior, Health, Justice and Social Affairs who were among those who crashed, as reported Ha’aretz, an Israeli news source.
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“Over the past few hours, a denial of service attack against a communications provider has been identified, following which access to a number of sites, including government sites, has been temporarily denied,” said writes the Israeli government on Twitter. The message also stated that the websites were working again, although they seemed to be recovering slowly when the Washington Examiner gave it a try.
מרשות התקשוב ומערך הסייבר הלאומי נמסר:
בשעות האחרונות זוהתה מתקפת מניעת שירות על ספקית תקשורת אשר כת כתוצאה ממנה, נמנעה לזמן קצר ג הגישה למספרים, ביניהם אתרי ממשלה.
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— gov.il (@Israelgov) March 14, 2022
The cyberattack is the largest of its kind against Israel, a defense establishment source said. Ha’aretz.
NetBlocks, an organization that monitors cybersecurity, reported “significant disruption” to several of Israel’s major network providers in a Publish on Twitter.
⚠️ Confirmed: A significant disruption has been recorded on several networks powered by #IsraelBezeq and Cellcom, the country’s main suppliers, while the country’s defense authorities and the National Directorate of Cybersecurity declare a state of emergency 📉 pic.twitter.com/lcPyeLvPor
—NetBlocks (@netblocks) March 14, 2022
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The cyberattack prompted Israeli officials, including Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel, to meet Monday evening local time, according to the Israel time.
A cause or culprit behind the alleged cyberattack has not been reported.