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#OpSaveGaza, Anonymous brings down Israeli Government website over Gaza Invasion

The Hacktivist collective, 'Anonymous' has brought down several Israeli Government websites in retaliation to Israel's continuing invasion of Gaza. 
Anonymous brings down Israeli Government website over Gaza Invasion
Israel Defense Forces, Official Government portal, website of Israeli’s ministry of Finance,  Bank of Jerusalem, the Embassy of Israel to the United States, I.A.A. – Israeli Airports Authority, the Central Bureau of Statistics and Israeli Immigration, Bank of Israel, the Israeli PM’s Office and dozens of other Government websites were among the targets.


How Long the Attack lasted:

The cyber attack which started on Sunday morning may not be ending soon. While Cyber attacks over websites belonging to Israeli government and businesses is nothing new and is day to day target of hackers from around the world who have joined the #OpSaveGaza initiative, it is very difficult to say who among the participants are still running their DDOS tool/script. However some of the websites looks to be returning back to normal but majority is still down. 
Anonymous brings down Israeli Government website over Gaza Invasion
(Screenshot taken From index.gov.il)
Hackers including Anonymous and several other groups announced #OpSaveGaza at the beginning of Israel's invasion over the Gaza (Operation Protective Edge ).  The hacking attacks received further boost when a Palestinian man was shot dead while wearing a Guy Fawkes mask (Anonymous trademark mask). 

During the period thousands of Israel websites have been hacked and defaced followed by database leaks and DDoSing of important Government/organisational websites of Israel.

While this is not the first time but this may not be the last time when hackers targeted Israeli Government websites. looking back to the history of cyber attacks over Israel it can be easily determined that Israeli cyber space is the most targeted and hated by the hackers.


Has Google Images Search Been Hacked? Any image search throws up Russian Car accident videos

19:54 Vijay Prabhu 0 Comments
Is it only me?  This was the question most of the users using Google Image Search were found asking themselves after Google Image Search threw up images of a Russian car accident even if the users put a random query.  For example if you even put a very generic term 'Puppy' in the Image Search Window it threw up images of the Puppies and Russian Car accident in a random manner.  This can be seen from the image below.
Google Images Hacked? Searches Bring Up Images of Russian Car AccidentGoogle Images Hacked? Searches Bring Up Images of Russian Car Accident
This one, below, is the result of a search for the word "cars."
Has Google Images Been Hacked To Show A Russian Car Crash?
Not only Image Search even News Search through up news stories but with the image of the Russian Car Accident. You'll also find the picture replacing all of the images on a random news search, such as this one, for "Jalopnik":
Has Google Images Been Hacked To Show A Russian Car Crash?
Google Images Hacked? Searches Bring Up Images of Russian Car Accident
This prompted many users to think that Google Image Search had been hacked.  Tech forums and tech websites were filled with queries of Google being hacked.  


A Redditter, deadangless, posted a thread on Reddit to confirm the same but surprisingly not all users seemed to face the problem.  Users from Belgium, UK, India, Australia and many more countries did not report any problem.
Google Images Hacked? Searches Bring Up Images of Russian Car Accident
Users on Googles own Product Forums trace the image to an Ukrainian car wreck originating from a Ukraninian website. The website and the news story seems legit so it can be deduced that Google images servers suffered some kind glitch.  All in all only North and South America seemed to be affected by this glitch. However Google has not officially commented on this issue. 


FBI Investigates 'Anonymous' For hacking attacks on Home Computers Of Ferguson Police Officers

22:53 Anuran Barman 0 Comments
The FBI has launched an investigation of hacking attacks directed at the personal computers and accounts of police officers who are part of the law enforcement response team in Ferguson, Missouri, three U.S. law enforcement officials told CNN.  The three police officers were a part of the team that is investigating the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown, a African American by white police officers in cold blood. The cyber attacks are believed to be generated from hacking Group affiliated with the hackers collective called Anonymous, the officials said Friday. CNN reports.
FBI Investigates 'Anonymous' For Attacking Home Computers Of Ferguson Police Officers
CNN is citing three law enforcement officials, who apparently did not want to be named. The officials said the cyber attacks are believed to be from the ‘Anonymous’ group, a shadowy collective of hacktivists with no clear leader dominating the hacking world since a since 2005.

The law officers targeted in the attacks are those who are currently involved in solving the murder case of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. The shooting of Brown set off a weeks-long series of demonstrations in Ferguson, which have been partly peaceful and partly violent.

Anonymous launched a massive DoS attack on Ferguson’s city servers last Thursday, which caused the servers to crash and forced cops to use text messages to communicate.
The group also went after the cops themselves, hacking city servers for personal information. Anonymous hackers posted information about St. Louis County Police Chief  Belmar’s wife and his house on Instagram, calling for people to go and do them harm, reports said.

With the attacks now focused on personal computers, Anonymous is further zeroing in on the personal lives of officers it believes were involved in the killing of Brown,  in reaction to the demonstration by Ferguson citizens.


Is PlayStationNetwork hacked, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for DDoSing PSN and other gaming servers.

18:39 Vijay Prabhu 0 Comments
A hacker going by the handle of Lizard Squad today claimed that he had brought down the Sony's PlayStation Network and many other gaming servers.  The gamers are complaining about not being able to log in to the servers.
Is PlayStationNetwork hacked, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for DDoSing PSN and other gaming servers.
As per gaming website ShackNews, Blizzard's Battle.net servers, Riot's League of Legends, Grinding Gear Games' Path of Exile, and PlayStation Network are among those under attack by a group of hackers calling themselves Lizard Squad.  Though the claims have not been verified, it is actually true that users cant log on to the PlayStation Network.  Blizzard was massively hit with most of its gaming servers that including that of Hearthstone, Diablo 3, World of Warcraft and others were reported down.



Is PlayStationNetwork hacked, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for DDoSing PSN and other gaming servers.
As is the case now a days several users took to the social media to vent their frustration.  Users were seen complaining about not being able to log into the network.  

Is PlayStationNetwork hacked, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for DDoSing PSN and other gaming servers.Is PlayStationNetwork hacked, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for DDoSing PSN and other gaming servers.
There is no official word from Sony or the PlayStation Network regarding this outage. Interestingly PlayStation Network was to go in for a scheduled maintenance beginning Monday morning. It may be a case of the engineers misreading the internal maintenance memo and taking down the server for maintenance. As of now the PlayStaion Network has recovered somewhat from the outage even though some are still reporting about not being able to log in.

Is PlayStationNetwork hacked, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for DDoSing PSN and other gaming servers.
Another interesting fact is that some users reported that they could log in through PS3 but not through PS4 or computers.





Update : The shares of Sony dropped when this news hit the stock markets.  Apparently the traders didnt take kindly to the DDoS news.
Is PlayStationNetwork hacked, Lizard Squad claims responsibility for DDoSing PSN and other gaming servers.

As thousands of PSN afficionados are plastering all social networking sites and tech forums with not so good comments, James Smedely, President of Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that PSN is indeed down not confirmed the cause but Sony Online Entertainment has been restored after suffering a DDOS outage.

Update: Senior Social Media Manager of Playstation Network, Sid Suman has finally Confirmed that PSN was hit by a large scale DDOS attack.
"Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic."
He added that no personal information were accessed and the PSN Engineers are working to resolve the network error as soon as possible. 

Update: (Bomb Threat) Lizard Squad Tweeted to American Airlines on Sunday that they have heard that explosives were on board a flight carrying Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley.


San Diego airport spokesperson confirmed that as the plane was being re-routed, the Transportation Security Administration told airport officials that the FBI was investigating a tweet about possible explosives on the plane.

Later Smedley said in a tweet that his plane was diverted.