A joint operation by the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA) thwarted an attempted cyberattack by Hamas targeting Israeli sites during the weekend, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in a release on Sunday.
According to the IDF, Hamas attempted to establish offensive cyber capabilities within the Gaza Strip in order to harm Israeli cyber targets. However, all of the group’s efforts were discovered in advance and thwarted.
Following Israel’s technological activities to foil Hamas’ cyber efforts, the IDF attacked a building from which the members of Hamas’ cyber array operated.
“Hamas no longer has cyber capabilities after our strike,” IDF spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis told reporters.
“Israel’s cyber efforts and defensive capabilities have led Hamas’ cyber attempts to fail time and again,” a senior ISA official said.
The attack came amid a weekend of intense fighting between the IDF and terror groups in the Gaza Strip. Since Saturday morning, Palestinian terrorists launched nearly 700 rockets at Israel. In response, the IDF conducted hundreds of airstrikes on targets linked to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
[Sources: IDF, Israel National News, The Verge, The Times of Israel]