Israeli vice prime minister’s online accounts hacked

Laura Byrne Contributor
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A hacker group broke into Israel Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube accounts and posted pro-Palestine status updates Tuesday.

The ZCompanyHackingCrew took credit for the cyber break-in and also threatened to leak Shalom’s personal mail, contacts, and documents they allegedly lifted from his email account.

The hackers’ tweets on Shalom’s Twitter account described the conflict as “unjust” and questioned, “Who can bare to see the horror, the deaths of children and innocent people trying to protect their occupied land?”

This latest act of cyberwarfare happened just days after another hacker group, Anonymous, released the private information of 5,000 Israeli officials.

Anonymous also infiltrated 700 Israeli websites, most of which are still down from the cyber-attack. The group hacked websites like the Bank of Jerusalem, the Israeli Defense Ministry, the IDF blog, and the president’s official website.

According to the Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Israel has successfully prevented 44 million other cyber-attacks on government websites over the past few days.

Steinitz said the government will respond to the cyber warfare on a “second front,” according to The Associated Press.

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