Anonymous to launch 'electronic Holocaust' against Israel

Anonymous to launch 'electronic Holocaust' against Israel
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The hacking collective Anonymous has vowed to “erase” Israel from cyberspace in an "electronic Holocaust” on April 7.

It’s the fourth year in a row the hacking group has targeted the Israeli government for “bombing, killing and kidnapping of the Palestinian people.”

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A Guy Fawkes-masked figure wearing a suit and tie delivered the message in a video posted to YouTube earlier this month.

“As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, banks and public institutions,” the figure said.

Anonymous is a non-hierarchical group of digital activists. Their targets range from governments to corporations to religious groups. Broadly speaking, the group opposes censorship and discrimination while maintaining a strong populist streak, supporting the Occupy movement and the Arab Spring.

The collective has long clashed with the Israeli government over its actions during the ongoing conflict over a Palestinian state.

“Our message to the foolish Benjamin Netanyahu and all leaders in the Zionist entities, we will continue to electronically attack until the people of Palestine are free,” the figure said.

Last summer, tensions between Israelis and Palestinians boiled over, sparking a 50-day battle. The conflict left over 2,100 Palestinians dead, including 1,585 civilians, according to figures from the United Nations. Israel said 72 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed during the skirmish.

The hostilities caused Anonymous to boost their digital efforts against Israel.

Isaac Ben-Israel, a security expert at Tel Aviv University, told The Times of Israel that cyberattacks against Israel jumped from 100,000 to over a million per day during the conflict.

“To the youth of Palestine, you are a symbol of freedom, resistance and hope: We are with you and will continue to defend you,” the Anonymous representative said.