Middle East conflict spills over into cyberspace

Sunday, 21 April 2002, 3:06 PM EST

The political crisis in the Middle East has spawned an increase in defacement attacks on Israeli Web servers.

Israel was the victim of 10 of 15 significant web defacements in the Middle East over the last two weeks, according to security consultancy mi2g.

The most active anti-Israel hacker group, which claims to be Egyptian, started its activities just weeks after 11th September. Other Middle Eastern countries - Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan - have also been hit in April by politically motivated hack attacks, many international in origin.

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