On Monday, Israel announced that a cyberattack hit its government websites, but that services have been restored. The interior and defense ministries’ websites were affected by the attack.
According to Israel’s National Cyber Directorate, a DDoS attack on a communications provider has temporarily blocked access to several sites, including government websites.
“All sites are operational as of this hour,” it added.
DDoS attacks paralyze servers by flooding them with data requests.
In a report last year, the government-funded directorate that oversees cyber defenses said the scale and quality of cyberattacks had risen dramatically globally and in Israel. Israeli news outlets have reported that a military source believed it was the country’s largest-ever cyberattack.
Following a widespread cyberattack on government websites, Israel’s Ministry of Communications said it assessed the situation with emergency services.
The hacker was not immediately identified, though Iranian hackers have previously hacked Israeli websites.
Iran and Israel are engaged in a shadow war that includes cyber attacks and physical site targeting.