Israel looks to be on the mend following a large-scale hack. According to Amichai Stein of Haaretz and Kan, on Monday evening, attackers shut down many Israeli government websites, including those for health, interior, justice, and welfare ministries. The website of the Prime Minister's Office was also impacted. According to a statement issued by the country's National Cyber Directorate, all websites are now operational.
The government hasn't named a likely offender, but it has stated that the sites were the victims of a denial of service assault that inundated them with traffic. According to Haaretz sources, the hack targeted sites with the gov .il domain and was carried out by either a state actor or a "big group." According to DW, an Iran-linked cyber gang claimed responsibility, which may have been in retribution for an alleged Israeli attack against an Iranian nuclear site. However, neither has been confirmed.
According to a defense insider, it's unclear whether this is the most fantastic hack against Israel so far. However, the NCF and defense officials were allegedly worried enough to declare a state of emergency and assess the potential damage, including anything that may jeopardize other essential websites and infrastructure.
Compared to the strikes that crippled Ukrainian government websites before Russia's incursion, the denial of service attacks here are unlikely to have caused significant harm. They made it difficult to access the websites, but there is no proof that the perpetrators defaced or compromised data. Still, the malware may aggravate an already sensitive situation, as it comes only a day after Iran launched missiles towards the Iraqi city of Erbil, ostensibly as a message to the US and its allies. Israel was already on high alert, and the government is infamous for using physical action to respond to cyberattacks.