Published: 06.17.10, 17:55 / Israel News
An Israeli hacker managed to break into the website of Turkish IHH group, which organized the Gaza flotilla, disabling the organization's fundraising mechanism for a few hours.
The 30-year-old hacker from Holon,Tel-Aviv, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was concerned with Israel's poor PR efforts and decided to make a contribution of his own.
"The real war today is online. I spent an entire week exploring the site, a few hours each night, until I succeeded," he said.
The hacker added that he was surprised to learn that IHH received some 9,000 euros in donations every hour via the website. The group is planning to send a second flotilla to Gaza next month.
Since the Navy's raid on the aid convoy, Turkish and Arab hackers have broken into hundreds of Israeli websites and inserted anti-Israel photos and messages. Israeli hackers responded by targeting various Turkish websites.
'Yes, we can'
However, the Holon hacker chose not to completely disable the website, but rather, inserted new content into it. For example, he replaced a large photo of the Marmara vessel with an image of an Israeli fighter jet, and a caption which read: "Yes, we can."
He also planted photos of the IDF's rescue unit helping earthquake victims in Turkey, as well as pictures showing Israeli leaders signing peace accords with Arab states on the White House lawn.
"I wanted to convey the message that Israel seeks peace," he said.
After four hours, the website's administrators finally managed to circumvent the online attack and restore the site's regular operations.
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