Combining the cultural sensitivity of the FEMEN girls with a sinister nod to Iran's Israel-bashing President, Anonymous Arab hackers spent Sunday, the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, attempting to "wipe Israel off the internet" with #OpIsrael.
Early Sunday, Israeli Cyber bureau spokesman Yitzhak Ben Yisrael said that #OpIsrael had failed, as only a handful of government sites were hacked for a brief period of time, but the attacks continued in to the afternoon.The #OpIsrael site itself was briefly hacked by Israeli retaliatory activists, who posted pro-Israeli history as well as the national anthem.
Anonymous' anti-Israeli stance is nothing new. The group launched a series of attacks on Israeli websites in November 2012, as the Israeli air force bombarded Gaza. On April 3 a video was published online by Anonymous Arab, in which a bloke in a Guy Fawkes mask appeared, denying the Holocaust and promoting Sunday's cyber attack.
With the military reality of the Middle East rendering armed conflict counterproductive, the new battlefront in the Israel-Arab conflict is in cyberspace. We take a look at the Arab cyber warriors.