Monday, January 12, 2009

Hacktivist tool targets Hamas

DDoS street protest covers both side of Gaza conflict

Israeli cyberactivists are inviting pro-Israeli surfers to install a tool that attacks websites associated with Hamas.

This "Patriot" tool effectively turns the computers of sympathisers of the Israeli cause into zombies - albeit willing, complicit ones - in the control of Israeli hackers.

The hackers are working under the banner of the Help Israel Win collective, which was formed last month at the start of the conflict in Gaza. "We couldn't join the real combat, so we decided to fight Hamas in the cyber arena," one of the group's organisers, 'Liri', told Wired.

The package developed by the group is designed to overload websites associated with Hamas, such as and, with spurious traffic. Israeli hackers claim that 8,000 have downloaded and installed the Patriot software.

Conflict in cyberspace is one aspect of a propaganda offensive that has accompanied the war in Gaza, and the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Help Israel Win is vague about how its Patriot software works, preferring instead to stress its opposition to Hamas, which has the stated aim of destroying the state of Israel.


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