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June 20, 2012 9:27 am

Israeli Government Sites Crash Day After Report on Flame Virus (PHOTO)

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Message from Israeli police's website notating server crash. Photo: screenshot via Israel police website.

The websites of Israel’s Ministry of Finance, defense forces, police, main intelligence service, and prime minister’s office were all unavailable Wednesday morning, a day after the Washington Post published a report claiming that U.S. and Israeli officials created a computer virus known as Flame as a prelude to “cyber sabotage” attacks on Iran.

An internet service provider with links to the Israeli government posted a voice message noting that they’re aware of the issue, according to the business site Globes.

“There is currently a problem with the forms, payments, tracking services, and a number of other sites. We are working to fix the problem as soon as possible.”

Globes quoted a senior Israeli government official as saying that Wednesday’s issue was “nothing more than a breakdown on one of the servers”.

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When asked how 7 government websites could crash at the same time, the official was hard pressed to provide a detailed answer.

“I don’t know what to tell you at this moment.”

Message from Israeli police's website notating server crash. Photo: screenshot via Israel police website.

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  • saidi

    Probably by a disgruntled government employee.

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