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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Syrian Electronic Army Claims to Have Hacked Israeli Critical Infrastructure Systems (Updated)

Update. The Syrian Electronic Army says it has nothing to do with the emails. Read the initial story below.
The Syrian Electronic Army is best known for hijacking the social media accounts and websites of news organizations they accuse of spreading false news about the situation in Syria. However, now they claim to have done much more than just hack Twitter accounts.
In an email sent to Softpedia, the hackers claim to have penetrated one of Israel’s main critical infrastructure systems.

“We would like to announce that in response to the unfair and illegal attacks, taken place by Israel on DATE, SEA has penetrated one of the main infrastructural systems (SCADA) in Haifa and managed to gain access to some sensitive data. Also SEA is now able to cause irrecoverable damages to the Israeli's infrastructural systems,” the hackers said.

The breach comes in response to the recent Israeli strike on a Damascus research center.
“This message carries a serious caution to the Israeli statesmen. They should know that not receiving a quick reaction to such childish ventures, does not show the Syrian inability in doing so, but it is based on wisdom and humanity considerations. We do not approve of killing civilians and innocent people as this is an Israeli type of solution instead,” they added.
“Also an advise to those who left their homelands for many years, dreaming a happy and safe life, deceived by politicians whose deed is much far than their slogans; Do the best to express your objections to Israeli policies, since we do not like to see innocent people getting killed in Texas, US, but this time in Haifa.”
To demonstrate their attack, the hackers published a PDF file that contains screenshots of what appear to be SCADA control panels.
Interestingly, there’s no mention of this hack on the Syrian Electronic Army’s website or their social media accounts. Attempts to contact the hackers for clarifications have failed.
Update. Members of the Syrian Electronic Army have denied sending out the emails. Someone has sent the email in question to several news organizations on behalf of the Syrian hacker group.