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March 30, 2015 9:03 am

Hackers Threaten Israel With ‘Electronic Holocaust’ on April 7

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Individuals wearing masks of the Anonymous hacker network. A group associated with the international hacker network was among the hackers that threatened an "electronic holocaust." Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Hacker groups on Sunday posted a threat that they would launch a cyberattack against Israel on April 7. The groups that posted notices promising an “electronic holocaust” included a group identified with the international hacker network Anonymous.

One of the threats featured a clip uploaded to YouTube that said, “We are Anonymous. This is a message to the Zionist entity: We are coming to punish you for your crimes in the Palestinian territories.”

In the past, computer experts have explained that in April—when Israel generally marks Holocaust Memorial Day—underground groups try to launch coordinated cyberattacks against Israel and other targets. Thus far, the attacks have mainly comprised attempts to shut down websites and have not caused significant damage. Generally, the purpose of publishing warnings such as the one sent out on Sunday is to draft additional hackers to the mission.

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