Israeli “hacker” threatens to “harm” people “regardless of religion, creed or gender”

Israel’s Ynet website has published an article supposedly by an Israeli hacker named “Yoni” (last name not given) which threatens a “war” in response to a Saudi hacker who disrupted several Israeli websites in recent weeks in what is has been described “as a tit-for-tat exchange of posturing, threats of mass credit card exposures, and denial-of-service attacks.”

“Yoni” claims that “I formed a pro-Israeli group of hackers that would fire back against the threats directed at Israel in recent weeks.”

He then alleges:

In the first stage, we struck several Saudi-owned shopping sites in order to elicit sensitive data that includes credit card information. Regrettably, we faced a difficult start. Most attacks failed to bear fruit and despair started to malign group members. Yet then came a surprising announcement from one teammate: “I found what we’ve been looking for.”

The Israeli hacker claims to be holding onto information that will be used to cause harm at the right moment:

From now on, all that’s left is to wait for the right time and identify the right moment in order to utilize the information in our possession.

Harming “innocents”?

In a final passage, “Yoni” makes this threat:

As the group’s leader, it’s very important for me to emphasize that we do not operate against any specific nationality, and any person who operates against the group’s principles will be harmed, regardless of religion, creed or gender. In addition, I wish to note that the group regrets harm done to innocents and tries to avoid it as much as it possible. However, such moves are necessary in this war, and we have no choice but to do it.

What kind of “harm” is “Yoni” threatening and to whom and does it go behind the “virtual”? And exactly who is really behind these shadowy threats?

It’s clear that Israeli military minds – whether officially sanctioned or not – are at work. “Yoni” likens his group’s “mission” to the killing routinely done by the Israeli army:

While we face a virtual battlefield, the decisions are the same – who will I “sacrifice” when I ask him to publish classified information, and who will I “dispatch” to strike the targets?

Notably, last year Israel set up a “cyber command” headed by a former general.

Claims of hacking

On Monday, Haaretz reported that a group of Israeli hackers by the name “IDF-TEAM” brought down websites of Saudi and Abu Dhabi financial exchanges. Saudi authorities denied this claim.

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Ali Abunimah

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Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.

Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.