Israeli security officials at Ben Gurion airport are legally allowed to demand access to tourists' email accounts and deny them entry if they refuse, the country's top legal official said on Wednesday.
Details of the policy were laid out by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein in a written response to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), the group said in a statement.
Hackers have launched an assault on Israeli websites, but the damage has been minimal as the Jewish state is prepared to fend off such attacks, one of the country's top cyber experts said on Sunday.
The hackers associated with the activist group Anonymous reportedly hit the websites of the premier's office, the defence ministry, the education ministry and the Central Bureau of Statistics, among others, but all appeared to be running normally.
The hackivists at Anonymous, along with Turkish and other hackers, are claiming they hacked into Israel‘s Mossad spy agency. More specifically, Turkish group Red Hack claims to have stolen the names, locations, phone numbers and email addresses of 30,000 Mossad agents, while Sector 404 launched a distributed denial of service (DDOS) to paralyze Mossad’s Web site. The leaked documents can be found here.
As over a thousand Hamas rockets rained down on Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense last November, Israel faced a second front — a major cyber-attack on government and private computers, coordinated by a group called Anonymous. OpIsrael, as the assault was called, saw the rate of attacks by hackers against Israeli sites climb significantly during the week of the war. Messages on Facebook pages and Twitter feeds declared the hackers’ solidarity with the Arabs of Gaza, and condemned Israel for bombing targets in the Strip.
Major Israeli cellphone provider Pelephone has ruled out a cyberattack as the cause for its service disruption.
Pelephone CEO, Gil Sharon, told Channel 10 TV Monday that “We don’t know exactly what happened, it was a technical malfunction, but we know it wasn’t a cyberattack.”
He says the network has a system that would isolate any hacking attempt. Users complained Sunday that they were unable to place or receive calls for hours. In 2010, another major Israeli cellphone service provider went down for several hours. The cause of that malfunction was never resolved.