The cyberattack on the Israeli Defence Ministry, claimed by a hacker group known as "Cyber Flood Al-Aqsa," has drawn significant attention due to its scale and implications. This group previously hacked a number of Israeli websites and stole files from Signature-IT, a web hosting company with a diverse client base, including the Israeli Defence Ministry.
The attack resulted in the theft of about 16 gigabytes of data, including sensitive information on Israeli soldiers and reservists.
In a video released on Telegram, the hackers displayed data of Israeli soldiers, including names, ranks, service numbers, places of residence, and the nationalities of dual citizens serving in the military. The information also touched on sensitive topics like the psychological evaluations and medical information of these soldiers, reflecting a potentially deep penetration into Israeli military databases.
The Israeli Defence Ministry has not confirmed this specific breach, though the impact of the attack on Signature IT, affecting numerous websites including government offices, has been acknowledged. The nature of the breach suggests that the hacker group possesses significant capabilities.
The lack of confirmation from the Israeli Defence Ministry contrasts with the detailed information provided by the hackers. This raises questions about the extent of the breach and the potential use of the data by Palestinian fighter groups, as claimed by the hackers. The situation highlights the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks and the challenges in defending against them.
The hackers' association with Hamas and the suggestion of Iran's support, as indicated by experts, underscores the intertwining of cyber warfare with geopolitical tensions in the region. This incident serves as a reminder of the vulnerability of even highly secured systems and the ongoing risks posed by state-sponsored or affiliated cyber groups.