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An Iranian cyber group known as Handala has asserted the breaching of Israel’s radars and taking down the Iron Dome missile defense systems. 

The Handala hacker group, notorious for its targeting of Israeli interests, allegedly infiltrated Israel’s radar defenses and inundated Israeli citizens with text messages, marking a large-scale cyber intrusion.

The group claimed to have penetrated the radar systems, issuing a dire warning through 500,000 text messages dispatched to Israeli citizens, indicating a limited window for Israel to rectify the breached systems.

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Within this attack, the group also claimed that it hacked the Iron Dome missile defense systems. As part of the evidence of their intrusion, Handala has shared screenshots of the hacking of Israeli radars.

Handala Hacker Group Claims Large-Scale Cyberattack on Israel

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Handala’s cyberattack on Israel has been multifaceted, extending beyond the cyberattacks on the radar systems and the Iron Dome missile defense systems. Rada Electronics, a defense technology firm aligned with Israel’s interests, reportedly fell victim to Handala’s incursion, with leaked dashboard images purportedly confirming the breach. 

The Cyber Express has reached out to Rada Electronics to verify the claims of this cyberattack. However, at the time of writing this, no official statement or response has been received. Furthermore, a service provider responsible for Israeli customer alerts and Israel’s Cyber Security College allegedly experienced sizable data breaches, amounting to terabytes of compromised information.

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The group’s expression has been brazen, with messages explicitly targeting Israeli entities affiliated with the 8200 unit, emphasizing their vulnerability despite their purported expertise in cybersecurity. Such provocations serve to intensify the ongoing cyber conflict between Iran and Israel, with Handala positioning itself as a supporter challenging Israel’s digital defenses.

The Handala hacker group recently came into the spotlight as it represented support for Palestine against Israel. The threatening messages to Israeli citizens further show their intent to sow discord and undermine public confidence in Israel’s security.

Previously, the group claimed a cyberattack on the Viber instant messaging service, breaching and stealing over 740 GB of data from the company’s servers. The group seems to be influenced by or based on the Palestinian resistance cartoon character Handala.

Who is the Handala Hacker Group?

Being a pro-Palestian group, the hackers behind the group took inspiration from Handala, a significant national emblem of the Palestinian people. The character of Handala was created by political cartoonist Naji al-Ali in 1969 and assumed its current form in 1973. 

It embodies the spirit of Palestinian identity and resistance, often depicted in al-Ali’s cartoons. Named after the Citrullus colocynthis plant native to Palestine, Handala symbolizes resilience, with deep roots and a bitter fruit that regrows when cut.

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Since al-Ali’s assassination in 1987, Handala has remained a powerful symbol of Palestinian identity, prominently displayed on walls and buildings in the West Bank, Gaza, and Palestinian refugee camps. It has also gained traction as a tattoo and jewelry motif and has been adopted by movements like Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, and the Iranian Green Movement — now the Handala hacker group.

Handala’s iconic posture, with its back turned and hands clasped behind reflects a rejection of imposed solutions and solidarity with the marginalized. The character, perpetually ten years old, signifies al-Ali’s age when he left Palestine, embodying the hope of returning to a homeland. 

Moreover, the inspired hacker group, similarly, claimed many such attacks to retain its identity as a supporter for Palestine. Although official Israeli sources have yet to confirm Handala’s claims, security experts within Israel have expressed apprehension regarding the plausibility of Iranian cyberattacks targeting critical national infrastructure

Iran Attacks Israel With Missiles and Drones

The recent surge of drones and missiles directed towards Israel overnight on April 14 has raised a phase of tension and confrontation in the Middle East. Iran’s attack on Israel, purportedly in retaliation to a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus earlier this month, marks an escalation in the longstanding discord between the two nations.

Iran’s attack, comprising over 300 projectiles including drones and ballistic missiles, targeted various locations in Israel, albeit with minimal impact due to interception by Israeli defense systems. The Nevatim airbase was among the sites reportedly hit, allegedly in response to Israel’s earlier strike on the Iranian consulate, reported The Times of Israel. Despite causing only minor structural damage, the attack highlights Iran’s retaliatory position. 

The airstrike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, attributed to Israel, resulted in casualties including high-ranking Iranian officials, prompting vows of retribution from Iranian leadership. The ensuing regional instability has prompted concerns of a broader conflict, prompting calls from Israel’s allies to prioritize de-escalation.

Israel has responded defensively, emphasizing its successful interception of the majority of incoming projectiles while urging preparedness for any scenario. However, calls for restraint and de-escalation from Western allies, including the United States, highlights the urgency of avoiding further conflict.

The immediate response from Israel’s War Cabinet remains pending, with discussions ongoing regarding the timing and scope of potential retaliatory measures. Iran, on the other hand, has warned of retaliation should Israel pursue further attacks on its interests, suggesting a potential escalation of hostilities. 

Media Disclaimer: This report is based on internal and external research obtained through various means. The information provided is for reference purposes only, and users bear full responsibility for their reliance on it. The Cyber Express assumes no liability for the accuracy or consequences of using this information.

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