Hacker sent out thousands of ‘death to the Jews’ messages to phones in Middle East
While most of the messages were blocked by the firm, around five thousand made their way through.
Thousands of people across the Middle East received unsolicited text messages calling for the death of Jews as a result of a 2013 hack of telecommunications firm SMSGlobal, The Guardianreported on Tuesday.
According to the report, in April an unknown hacker attempted to send the message “Our motto forever Death to America, Death to the Jews” to some four million people using data stolen from the company in 2013. While most of the messages were blocked by the firm, around five thousand made their way through to users primarily in the United Arab Emirates.
Both military hacking and “hacktivism” – the use of computer attacks in the service of a political cause – have been a part of the Arab-Israeli conflict for years.
Last month, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz’s twitter account was taken over, with tweets such as: “The memory of the Balfour Declaration has changed the situation, wait for the massacre that will be arriving soon” and “The mothers of our martyrs will drink the blood of your soldiers and settlers” posted in the place of the usual news articles.
Another tweet reads, “The holocaust of the Balfour Declaration will continue the knife intifada.”
The post was accompanied by a disturbing image of a wounded Israeli victim, a clear reference to the current murderous terrorist attacks in Israel and the West Bank.
In November it was reported that European
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