Anonymous gets involved in the Israel-Palestine conflict
November 19th, 2012 - 05:10 am ET by J. G.
Via operation OpIsrael, Anonymous has waded into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This reaction has been taken following Israel’s threats to cut all Internet connections in the Gaza strip.
The Israel-Palestine conflict is intensifying, although it has taken an unexpected twist through social networks. On Twitter for example, the Israeli army justifies their intervention in the Gaza strip and informs followers of their actions in almost real time.
The Israeli army directs users to their blog and videos posted to their YouTube account showing their air strikes on Gaza. They also inform users of the bombs which have fallen on Israel.
On Palestine’s side, Hamas’ military division is also using Twitter to communicate the conflicts evolutions. Posts provide updates about the actions they have undertaken and details about the Palestinian victims.
It is in this context that the conflict has now gone online with hactivists Anonymous deciding to take up their digital weapons by launching operation Oplsrael. Criticising the military violence on both sides, Anonymous states that they are concerned by the outcome for "Israel’s children and Palestine’s land".
They are also looking at defending the "rights of Gaza’s population to have open communication lines to the outside world", something which has led Anonymous to react. They have responded to Israel’s threats of cutting all Internet communications in the Gaza strip.
Numerous Israeli web sites have been targeted, with the effects being felt for long periods with some being graffiti, while others affect Israeli government sites. Anonymous has published a list of attack tools which can be used including the free LOIC which generates and coordinates distributed denial of service attacks.
The Israeli army’s blog has even been disrupted via brute force attacks conducted against it to discover functional user names.
In a press release, Anonymous also provides links to a document which can be downloaded which explains how to build an antenna and use short wave radio waves if an Internet connection is cut.