Jewish Agency for Israel Hit by Cyber Attacks

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The official Web site for the Jewish Agency for Israel was recently taken offline by DDoS attacks.

"The Jewish Agency for Israel is a semi-governmental organization overseeing immigration to Israel, which has recently begun focusing on Diaspora relations as well," writes The Times of Israel's Greg Tepper.

"The wave of attacks began Sept. 7 and continued through the weekend, the organization said in a statement released Tuesday," JTA reports. "The attacks, which made the website temporarily unavailable for short times, came from across the globe, including Russia, Hungary, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Austria, according to the Jewish Agency. With concerns that stored data could be affected, the agency's chief information officer, Dov Yahav, shut down the site on Saturday to external users."

"Israelis and Israeli websites have been the target of hackers several times in recent months," notes Israel National News' Elad Benari. "In January, a person who claimed to be a Saudi hacker published the credit card information of some 400,000 Israelis. It was later revealed that the number of charge card accounts that had been hacked is about 15,000. Israeli hackers later 'returned the favor' by publishing a list containing the names and credit card details of citizens of Saudi Arabia. The websites of Yeshiva Machon Meir, the Israel Fire Services, El Al and the Haaretz newspaper were among those attacked by Arab hackers."