On Monday, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack took down several Israeli government websites, rendering them unreachable for a brief period of time.
In the past few hours, a DDoS attack against a communications provider was identified. As a result, access to several websites, among them government websites, was denied for a short time. As of now, all of the websites have returned to normal activity.@Israelgov
— Cyber Israel (@Israel_Cyber) March 14, 2022
DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) refers to an online attack in which legitimate users are prevented from accessing their target online location. This is usually done by flooding that particular site with a multitude of illegitimate information requests.
Following reports of “severe interruptions” on numerous networks supplied by Israel’s telecom carriers Bezeq and Cellcom, internet watchdog NetBlocks took action.
⚠️ Confirmed: A significant disruption has been registered on multiple networks supplied by #Israel‘s leading providers Bezeq and Cellcom as the country’s defense authorities and National Cyber Directorate declare a state of emergency 📉 pic.twitter.com/lcPyeLvPor
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) March 14, 2022
Although the INCD has not linked the attacks to a specific threat actor, the Jerusalem Post speculated that the incident could have been carried out by an Iranian-linked