Gaza propaganda war takes place online

Branded by some as "hacktivism", the conflict between Israel and Palestine has spilled onto the web, with activists from both sides defacing websites, taking over computers and shutting down Facebook groups, according to a report from the BBC yesterday.

A group of pro-Palestinian hackers defaced several high-profile websites on January 7th, including a US Army website and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's website. The group, who call themselves "Agd_Scorp/Peace Crew" replaced pages with white space and a well-known photograph of a boy throwing stones at an Israeli tank in Gaza, and the Israeli, American and British flags with a red strike through them. Text underneath read, "Stop attacks u israel and usa ! you cursed nations ! one day muslims will clean the world from you!"

The hackers also hijacked the domains of an Israeli online news site, ynetnews.com, and the Israel Discount Bank, re-routing visitors to a page showing anti-Israel messages with photos of prisoners being abused at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Another approach was to set-up a website called "help-israel-win.com", asking visitors to download a file that was in fact a trojan that could allow someone remote access and control of the user's computer.

Pro-Palestinian and Israeli Arab websites have also been targeted in the past, with hackers defacing three websites last year, however, more recently Israeli activists have taken to hijacking groups on social networking site Facebook.

A group using the logo of the Jewish Internet Defence Force (JIDF) took control of several pro-Palestinian groups, removing content and replacing it with pro-Israeli statements.

One active user of a pro-Palestinian group on Facebook, Andrew Silvera, found his Facebook account "vanished" after responding to an invite for him to be an administrator of a similar group. "As soon as I pressed it, that was it, my account just vanished," said Silvera. "They kidnapped my account."

After witnessing a group he wanted to join being affected by an attack by the JIDF, Facebook user Francesco Paris started a group criticising their behaviour. Mr Paris has said that he has since received Facebook messages attempting to gather his login details, as well as "phishing" emails containing a link to a fake Facebook login page.

Speaking to a spokesman for the JIDF, BBC News were told that it is an advocacy group that fights anti-Semitism online and would not confirm whether the groups were shut down by people affiliated with the JIDF. The spokesmen for JIDF said, "We are not hackers. We are also not involved with phishing. We do not break the law for our work." The spokesperson blamed Facebook for failing to remove anti-Semite content. "Despite thousands of our members reporting offensive material, Facebook does not seem to act," he said.

Facebook said that they would not respond to specific incidents and that Facebook was aware of the phishing attacks. "We have noticed a couple of instances where a page or a group admin has had their account credentials phished. In such cases, we will reset the passwords on the users' accounts and they should have control again."

The spokesperson added, "We are just a platform and the discussions that are taking place online are also taking place offline. We are not taking sides."

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hamas are the messenger of el kaida, taliban, hizbalah, they all trained in iran them goal is to kill the free world.
hamas are using civillians as human shield they launch rockets from mosque, civillian houses,hospitals, they dont care about Palestinians what so ever. them purposes is to resist israel nothing more. they using civillians in cynical way to serve them goal. u all need to know what israel dealing with those who dont understand anything will say stop the war. but buy stoping the war we giving up to terrorists.

I bet the you've never visited palestine or have read anything about its history and when i say history i don't mean the fake one because due to your opinion you had many fake ideas about what is happening ..
its hard to see such thing and not replying ..
well israelies are killing everyone here and they claim that hamas is using them as sheild but the fact is the israelies are criminals the use forbidden weapons against civilians ..
and remember who is the Occupying the the land and killing the children .. id does'nt seem to be hamas?

i hate to see this article become another hate war

i suggest locking this thread for comments, and praying for world peace

hamas are the messenger of el kaida, taliban, hizbalah, they all trained in iran them goal is to kill the free world.
hamas are using civillians as human shield they launch rockets from mosque, civillian houses,hospitals, they dont care about Palestinians what so ever. them purposes is to resist israel nothing more. they using civillians in cynical way to serve them goal. u all need to know what israel dealing with those who dont understand anything will say stop the war. but buy stoping the war we giving up to terrorists.

wow gg spelling... they hack these top sites and use u and you in the same sentence...

It ****s me to tears when i see this stuff happening... They think they are helping th cause when they arnt...

The other day i was looking for the .ico plug in for photoshop... Went to the main website for the guy who makes it ( http://www.telegraphics.com.au/svn/icoform...ist/README.html ) clicked the download link and got this ****ty anti suicide killing ****... took me a good 30min to pull the direct link from the site and download it... Isnt this war internal enough for t to stay internal and not infect the internets with this ****...

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brent3000 said,
wow gg spelling... they hack these top sites and use u and you in the same sentence...

Ironic.

In other news, write properly, and people are more likely to read what you say.

It's going to become a parallel battlefield in the 21st century. It's why a core part of signals training specializing in electronic warfare focuses on internet and network warfare.

sonrah said,
Good on my brothers. May Allah give them victory.

You realise you didn't specify which side?

(Also, *sigh* at the idea of a god favouring one side. That's not exactly what history teaches us...)

Kirkburn said,
what history teaches us...)

History will one day teach future generations why that area of the world is void of life and a solid sheet of glass. That's what they'll end up doing to one another.

...replaced pages with white space and a well-known photograph of a boy throwing stones at an Israeli tank in Gaza, and the Israeli, American and British flags with a red strike through them...

How utterly futile and pointless. And don't they know that we Brits aren't as passionate about our flag as the Americans tend to be. They could burn it, let alone stick a line through it, and still not move a Brit's emotions.

iamwhoiam said,
I'm from the U.S. and I could see a U.S. flag being burned and I wouldn't bat an eye over it.

Glad to see some sense

iamwhoiam said,
I'm from the U.S. and I could see a U.S. flag being burned and I wouldn't bat an eye over it.

I've always thought it peculiar that it is considered illegal to burn / deface a particular piece of fabric in US. Symbolic meaning be damned; it's just a bit of cloth.

Kirkburn said,
Glad to see some sense :)

It's just a piece of cloth. There's more important things to worry about in my life than someone burning the flag of my country. Like burning a piece of cloth really serves a purpose or hurts anyone. The only thing it proves to me is that the people who do it are ignorant to think it serves any purpose.