As the rockets escalate, Israel called up over 75,000 reserve forces and is positioning on the Gaza border with ground troops. And early Saturday morning there were reports of rockets fired into Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Penisula with the Mujahideen Shura Council, an al-Qaeda affiliate, claiming credit. The Sinai Peninsula is a hotbed of weapons smuggling for jihadis and chances are beyond good they have a ready stockpile to rummage through in the quest to annihilate Israel.
Amidst the conflict between Israel and Hamas, Hacker collective Anonymous opted to take sides and issued a threat to target Israel via a YouTube video:
And as threatened, Anonymous began immediately attacking Israeli websites including the websites for the Israel Defense Forces, the prime minister’s office, Israeli banks, airlines and security companies by flooding them with Web traffic, in a campaign they called #OpIsrael.
The propensity for Anonymous to support terror activities and organizations, despite repeated pastebin denouncements, is a symptom of the fatal flaw of the Anonymous model: if anyone can join, anyone just might.
Or as Rusty Shackleford of The Jawa Report put it:
“Anonymous has chosen sides. And if there’s one thing we know about the IDF it is that their hackers are better than Anonymous.
Just ask anyone in an Iranian nuclear research facility.
Welcome to the big leagues #anonymous. You didn’t even bring a knife to this gun fight. You brought the cannolis.”
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