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A pro-Palestinian hacker group has leaked the personal information of over 200,000 Israeli students online, including details such as names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and even residential addresses.
According to news reports, the hack was carried out by a Malaysian hacker group called DragonForce, which claimed credit for the data leak via a post on its website.
The post stated that one of Israel’s university recruitment networks had been successfully breached, and that its data has been leaked.
A screenshot from the DragonForce webforums claiming credit for the leaks. IMAGE: Times of Israel
It followed up by calling other hackers and activists against Israel’s protracted military engagements on the Gaza Strip to join them in cyber protest against the country, albeit with heavy slander and insults such as calling “Israhell” thrown in the mix.
The personal details of students were first leaked on Malaysian Telegram groups, and were apparently collected from the servers of AcadeMe – one of Israel’s largest recruitment networks for university students and graduates.
The network has worked with many of the country’s leading higher education institutions including the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Haifa amongst others.
According to May Brooks-Kempler, who is the administrator for the Think Cyber Safe group on Facebook, it is thought that the hack has implicated over 280,000 students who have used the AcadeMe service since 2014.
She urged all users of the network to quickly change their passwords and be extra vigilant to any emails, phone calls, or text messages they might receive over the coming days, especially considering how Israelis have been placed in the spotlight and have been the subject of negative press over the past weeks.
As of June 28, 2021, the AcadeMe site was recorded as taken offline and being unavailable, with a notice telling visitors that the service “should be back soon”.
Crucially, this isn’t DragonForce’s only cyberattack on Israeli entities. Earlier in 2021, the group claimed credit for taking down the websites of multiple Israeli businesses and organizations, and allegedly hacked into over 5,000 CCTV cameras located within Israeli businesses and homes.
DragonForce claiming to have taken down multiple Israeli websites in May, 2021. IMAGE: u/sabahan on Reddit
The Israel-Palestine conflict recently saw its worst escalation since 2014, with 256 Palestinians and 13 in Israel killed as a result of aggression by both Israelis forces and Hamas militants based in Palestine’s Gaza Strip.
An 11-day assault on Gaza also saw 1,148 residential and commercial buildings destroyed and 15,000 others severely damaged, with over 100,000 civilians in the area displaced.
Currently, there is a fragile ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based Hamas forces, with the United Nations doing its best to execute a plan to provide urgent humanitarian aid to the region’s troubled occupants.
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