Trump Tower website has outage after Anonymous’ anti-Trump rant


The website for Trump Towers, Donald Trump's glitzy signature skyscraper in Manhattan, went offline for at least an hour on Friday after activist hacking group Anonymous denounced the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner for his anti-Muslim comments.

The website for the 68-story Trump Towers (trumptowerny.com), often used for his presidential campaign, was down after a tweet from an account associated with the anonymous hacking collective that said: “Trump Towers NY site taken down as statement against racism and hatred.www.trumptowerny.com/(what you see is cloudflare offline backup)”

Earlier this week, a handle claiming to be “Anonymous Operations” posted a video on YouTube with the message: “The more the United States appears to be targeting Muslims, not just radical Muslims, you can be sure that ISIS will be putting that on their social media campaign.”

The post added, “Donald Trump think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned Mr. Donald Trump.” 

A spokesperson for Trump Towers was not available for comment.

The group's warning to Trump came days after the outspoken billionaire proposed to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States in response to last week's shooting spree in San Bernardino by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalized.

A recent poll by New York Times/CBS News showed Americans are more fearful about the likelihood of another terrorist attack than at any other time since the weeks after Sept 11, 2001. A gnawing sense of dread has helped lift Trump to a new high among Republicans who will vote in primaries to choose their party's nominee for the November 2016 presidential election.

Anonymous, a loose-knit international network of activist hackers, or “hacktivists,” is famous for launching cyber attacks on groups such as the Islamic State following the attacks in Paris last month that killed 129 people.

Anonymous begins to reveal names of alleged KKK members


Last week, a group identifying itself as the online hacktivist collective “Anonymous” vowed to release contact information identifying 1,000 members of the Ku Klux Klan, timed a year after the group first began targeting the KKK in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, protests.

On Monday, the group followed through, publishing its first batch of information: an (unverified) list of 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses allegedly belonging to KKK members. Multiple Twitter commenters questioned the veracity of the information shortly after its release, reporting that many of the numbers belong to businesses with no clear link to the Klan.

Anonymous says it will release a full list of 1,000 names, gleaned from various Twitter accounts it claims to have hacked, on Nov. 5.

Keep reading the story at Huffington Post.

Hackers bring down private Israeli websites, fail to damage gov’t sites


Dozens of private Israeli websites were brought down by pro-Palestinian hackers, who failed to crash government websites as they had threatened.

Major government websites, including the Knesset, the Education Ministry and the government portal, were targeted Tuesday by supporters of the international hacking group Anonymous, also identified as Anonghost, but were not brought down.

The hackers were successful in hacking the websites of Israeli musicians and nonprofit organizations, however. Among those hacked were the official websites for the popular Israeli singers Shalom Hanoch and Ivri Lider, and the band Hadag Nachash, as well as the Israeli Center for Excellence through Education and the Israeli Urological Association. They displayed the words “Hacked by Anonghost” on their homepages.

The hackers also apparently leaked the private data of thousands of Israeli citizens beginning last week, Haaretz reported.

Anonymous announced last month that it would target Israeli websites in a coordinated effort it called an “electronic Holocaust,” as it has done on April 7 for the past several years.

“This is a message to the foolish Zionist entities: We are coming back to punish you again for your crimes in the Palestinian territories, as we do every year on the 7th of April,” the video message posted last month on YouTube said. “All we see is continued aggression, bombing, killing and kidnapping of the Palestinian people.”

Exactly one year ago, Anonymous launched an identical attack against Israel that brought down the websites of the country’s postal service and Education Ministry, as well as some private Israeli websites. The group also published online a list of phone numbers, emails and passwords of senior Israeli officials. The year before, the group took down dozens of websites and published online a list of hundreds of Israeli email addresses and credit card numbers.

International hacking group threatens repeat of cyber attack on Israel


The international hacking group Anonymous said it will target Israeli websites in a coordinated effort it called an “electronic Holocaust.”

The organization said its “elite cyber squadrons” would attack Israeli servers, government and military websites, banks and public institutions on April 7, as it did one year ago.

“This is a message to the foolish Zionist entities: We are coming back to punish you again for your crimes in the Palestinian territories, as we do every year on the 7th of April,” the video message posted last month on YouTube said. “All we see is continued aggression, bombing, killing and kidnapping of the Palestinian people.”

The message showed images of last summer’s conflict in Gaza, including video of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel being briefed by Israeli army officers.

Exactly one year ago, Anonymous launched an identical attack against Israel that brought down the websites of the country’s postal service and Education Ministry, as well as some private Israeli websites. The group also published online a list of phone numbers, emails and passwords of senior Israeli officials.

The year before, the group took down dozens of websites and published online a list of hundreds of Israeli email addresses and credit card numbers.

The April 7 attack, the latest video said, is an “electronic Holocaust” designed to be “a message to the youth of Palestine.”

“You are a symbol of freedom, resistance and hope. Never give up and never give in, we will support you,” the message said.

The attacks will continue, Anonymous said, “until the people of Palestine are free.”

Computer virus attacks Israeli Facebook users


A computer virus attacked thousands of Israeli Facebook subscribers days before a threatened mass cyber attack on Israeli websites.

More than 2,000 Israeli Facebook users clicked on the malicious link Wednesday; 14,500 users worldwide clicked on the link. Nearly 4,000 Israeli Facebook users also shared the link with their friends.

It was unclear exactly what the link does besides replicating itself on Facebook, according to reports.

The virus comes four days before a threatened cyber attack operation on Israeli websites by the hacker group Anonymous and other hacker groups.

Anonymous in an operation code named OpIsrael has threatened to “wipe Israel off the Internet” by targeting dozens of Israeli websites, including banks, credit card companies and government sites.

It is not believed that the Facebook virus is related to the planned cyber attack.

Official Israeli websites back online after apparent cyber attack


Israeli government and military websites were back on-line a day after an apparent cyber attack.

The official Israeli websites, including government ministries, the Mossad and the military, crashed Sunday, two days after an international group of hackers known as Anonymous had threatened to attack Israeli government computers in response to the interception of Gaza-bound ships carrying a symbolic amount of medical aid. The threat was made in a video uploaded to YouTube.

Internal computer networks were not affected, security officials told Haaretz.

Israel’s e-Government, responsible for managing the state’s websites, told Haaretz Monday that the problem was caused by problems with an IBM component.

The Israel Defense Forces North American spokesman’s desk had told JTA that it was experiencing “server issues.”

Anonymous, which has brought down other country’s computer systems, threatened to launch repeated cyber attacks against Israeli computer systems until Israel ends its maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Israel government, security services websites down in suspected cyber-attack [VIDEO]


Several Israeli government websites crashed on Sunday in what appeared to be a cyber-attack by hackers. The websites of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet security services were among the sites that went down, as well as several government portals and ministries.

The apparent attack comes after the international cabal of hackers known as Anonymous threatened a cyber-attack on the Israeli government’s computers in response to its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla on Friday.

The IDF and Shin Bet said they were investigating the reason for the malfunction. Security officials stressed that only the external government sites crashed, and that the internal computer networks were unharmed.

In a video that was uploaded to YouTube, Anonymous warns that if the siege on Gaza is maintained, it will have no choice but to go on the attack.

Anonymous said that if the siege continues and Israeli forces intercept additional flotillas, or if they conduct additional operations such as the commandeering of the Mavi Marmara, it will have no alternative but to launch repeated cyber-attacks on Israeli computer systems until the siege ends.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

Telling Both Sides Of The Story


Every time I open my e-mail, I find material from one or two new Web sites devoted to Israeli hasbara (advocacy). I suspect that they have very little impact because, for the most part, they are preaching to the converted.

Arab Web sites are also multiplying day by day. And, again, they are probably not very influential because they are mainly accessed by true believers.

There is one significant exception to the partisan Web
sites: