Israel bombed two Hamas cyber targets
Amid the recent flareup in the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Israeli military said it bombed two objectives in the Gaza Strip that housed centers for Hamas cyber operations.
The first strike took place last Friday on May 14, 2021, while the second took place earlier today, on May 19.
According to the official Israel Air Force Twitter account, the first strike hit "a cyber-equipment storage site in the northern Gaza Strip belonging to Hamas military intelligence" that was apparently being used as an impromptu data center.
In a second airstrike today, the Israeli military said it hit a "hideout apartment [that] was used by the terror operatives for offensive cyber activity against Israeli targets."
"The apartment was located adjacent to a kindergarten, proving once again that the Hamas terror organization deliberately endangers civilians by placing its military infrastructure in the heart of densely populated civilian areas," the Israeli Air Force said.
The two airstrikes come after Israeli military officials have asked Gaza Strip residents to turn off security cameras last week in both homes and businesses.
Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed the cameras could be hacked by Hamas cyber operatives to spy on residents or Israeli troop movements.
This marks the second and third time that Israel used airstrikes to attack supposed Hamas offensive cyber facilities in Palestine.
The IDF carried out a first attack in May 2019 when it bombed a building it believed to be the Hamas cyber unit's headquarters in what security experts described as the first kinetic response to a cyber-attack.
Catalin Cimpanu is a cybersecurity reporter for The Record. He previously worked at ZDNet and Bleeping Computer, where he became a well-known name in the industry for his constant scoops on new vulnerabilities, cyberattacks, and law enforcement actions against hackers.