According to a report, cities around Israel saw widespread blackouts last week, possibly caused by a cyberattack.
Claiming responsibility, a shadowy cyber organization called “Anonymous Sudan” boasted about the impending cyber attacks on their Telegram channel.
The attack was a prank, they claimed. The gang later promised more assaults.
They said Israel would be disconnected from the web very soon as they will attempt to slow down the internet to the same speed as the electricity.
The report shows the Israel Electric Company (IEC) claimed that a malfunctioning manufacturing unit was to blame for the blackout.
The IEC claimed that a problem at one of Haifa’s power facilities had caused widespread blackouts throughout Israel. A portion of the area’s regular power supply had been restored, and the rest would follow within the next several minutes.
A rally in favor of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government created severe traffic gridlock in Tel Aviv when it suddenly went dark.
Last Wednesday, as Israel celebrated its 75th year of independence, the country was hit by a hacking operation on the Israeli Defense Ministry, two news websites, and the Shin Bet security service, all of which were claimed by the Anonymous Sudan hacker group.
Even Netanyahu’s Facebook account was hacked. His social media profile was loaded with Arabic Quranic verses briefly.
A report reveals that early in April, hackers targeted many high-profile websites, including Ben-Gurion Airport and major universities.
Some attacks were later traced back to Iran by Israeli authorities. One targeted the Technion Institute in Haifa with a ransom demand of several million shekels.
A report explains that Anonymous Sudan is an alliance of Sudanese hackers driven by religious ideology. They have launched distributed denial-of-service (DOS) assaults on targets in Sweden and Denmark.
They launched a multi-day blitz in March of 2023, hitting hospitals, schools, and airports throughout France. It is believed that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of prophet Muhammad served as inspiration for the assault.
At the same time, they claimed to have hacked multiple airlines and payment processors and offered their customer data for sale.