Sunday 26 March 2023

Kremlin-affiliated hackers said to attack Knesset website

A group of Kremlin-affiliated Russian hackers recently targeted the website of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Russian group Xaknet takes responsibility for hack.

The website was brought down overnight between Sunday and Monday by a Russian group of hackers called Xaknet, briefly rendering the site unavailable for users in Israel and abroad, Channel 12 reported.


The attack was described as a relatively simple distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which denies service by overwhelming a website’s server with a flood of internet traffic.


However, the attack by hackers believed to have ties to the Kremlin has raised concerns in Israel of possible foreign interference in the country’s general elections next week, November 1, Times of Israel reported.


Xaknet took responsibility for the attack on Telegram and said it was carried out as revenge for Israel’s intelligence assistance to Ukraine.


On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he saw a “positive trend” in Kyiv’s relations with Israel after the two countries shared intelligence.


“So we are at the beginning of cooperation, this is a positive trend in relations with Israel,” Zelensky said during a press conference in Kyiv, adding that “after a long pause, I see us moving forward.”

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