A pro-Iran hacking group named Altahrea Team targeted the website of the Israel Airports Authority, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.
The group said its actions were “revenge” for the assassination by the United States on Jan. 3 of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandes, the commander of the pro-Iranian Popular Mobilization Forces Shi’ite militias in Iraq, according to Maariv.
The IAA confirmed that its website had experienced a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, but stated that there was no harm to its operational systems or infiltration of its networks. The Airports Authority was one of several Israeli websites targeted in an attack that the ALtahrea Team of pro-Iran hackers in Iraq said began at 1:02 a.m. on Wednesday, coinciding with the two-year anniversary of Qassem Soleimani’s assassination by the US in Baghdad. Soleimani was head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a US-designated terrorist organization.
On March 15, multiple Israeli government websites went offline, likely due to a large-scale cyber attack conducted by “Iranian-aligned hackers,” Ynet reported. The report cited the Israel National Cyber Directorate as saying, “the attack was aimed at government and non-security websites, and not at public computer systems … for now.”
In November, The New York Times said Israel was behind a cyber attack on Iran’s fuel distribution system in the previous month that paralyzed the Islamic Republic’s 4,300 gas stations.
Israel and Iran have been engaged in a years-long shadow war, with Israel allegedly directing most of its efforts — including multiple suspected cyber attacks — at sabotaging the Islamic Republic’s rogue nuclear weapons program.
Last February, Iran’s IRGC published a video showing footage from security cameras at two of Israel’s largest seaports as well as details of hundreds of workers at the sites. Iranian hackers linked to the Guards claimed they had seized the information that the IRGC posted on its Telegram app channel.
Clips showed images from cameras recording access gates and even workers sitting at their desks in offices. In addition, the video included personal details about workers and their identification papers.