Accusing the state of Israel of displacing and "killing a great many" number of people, the collective of hackers known as 'Anonymous' posted a characteristically ominous video message late Thursday evening, vowing to launch a crusade "against [Israel's] reign of terror." The threat comes in the wake of ongoing cyber warfare between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli hackers.
To the government of the state of Israel. We are Anonymous. For too long we have tolerated your crimes against humanity and allowed your sins to go unpunished. Through the use of media deception and political bribery, you have amassed the sympathies of many. You claim to be democratic, yet in reality, this is far from the truth. In fact, your only goal is to better the lives of a select few while carelessly trampling the liberties of the masses. We see through the propaganda that you circulate through the mainstream media and lobby through the political establishment.
Your Zionist bigotry has displaced and killed a great many. As the world weeps you laugh while planning your next attack. All of this is done under the veil of peace, but so long as your regime exists, peace shall be hindered. You label all who refuse to comply with your superstitious demands as anti-Semitic and have taken steps to ensure a nuclear holocaust. You are unworthy to exist in your current form and will therefore face the wrath of Anonymous. Your empire lacks legitimacy and because of this, you must govern behind a curtain of deceit. We will not allow you to attack a sovereign country based upon a campaign of lies. Your grip over humanity will weaken and man will be closer to freedom. But before this is accomplished, the people of this world will rise against you and renounce you and all your worth.
Our crusade against your reign of terror shall commence in three steps.
Step one will be initiated after the release of this video and will be comprised of systematically removing you from the internet. Step two will be later disclosed and is already in initiation; and, as for step three, well, think of this one as a present from Anonymous to you - we will not stop until the police state becomes a free state. We are Anonymous, we are legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget. Israeli government expect us.
It is not known whether Anonymous will actually follow through on the threat, as the collective has been known to abandon some plans, while misunderstanding others. Additionally, an operation is sometimes thwarted when it's been discovered to be the scheming of a rogue Anon.
But there has already been plenty of cyber-warring amongst hackers in the region, if this is any indicator. Earlier in the week, Israeli hackers identifying themselves as the “IDF Team” attacked several Arab websites, including the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agencyand the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange, after Arab hackers launched a distributed denial of service attack on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al airlines. One of the lead hackers in Monday's attack on Israeli targets told the Jerusalem Post that attacks would cease only "if the Israeli government apologized for what he described as a 'genocide in Palestine.'”
A collective of Saudi hackers also hacked one of Israel's largest sports sites and published the details of thousands of Israelis' credit cards online.
According to Agence France Presse, a statement by "anonymous Saudi Arabian hackers" from Group-XP, the "largestWahhabi hacker group of Saudi Arabia," appeared on Israeli sports website One.co.il yesterday, announcing that the customer databases of multiple Israeli sites had been hacked.
Visitors were then redirected to another page, where they were invited to download lists of thousands of names, addresses, credit card numbers, expiration dates and security codes. Cards used to make payments to "Judaism" websites or "Israeli Zionist Rabbis" were among those listed, Haaretz reported.
The hackers' statement described the attack as "a gift to the world for the new year" that they hoped "would hurt the Zionist pocket," according to Ynet:
"It will be so fun to see 400,000 Israelis stand in line outside banks and offices of credit card companies to complain that their cards had been stolen. To see banks shred 400,000 cards and reissue them. To see that Israeli cards are not accepted around the world, like the Nigerian cards," the hackers wrote.
Coincidentally, the incidents come at a time when some are speculating that Hamas leaders are pushing for another 'Arab Spring' in the region in light of their recent signing of a unity agreement with Fatah, a deal that was denounced by Israel's prime minister.