Hackers attacked Israeli website with only Eurovision-2019 song contest broadcast

Hackers crashed Israeli broadcast corporation Kan website during the international song contest Eurovision first semi-final live broadcast.

On Tuesday in Tel-Aviv took place first semi-final off the music contest Eurovision. On the scene starred representatives of 17 countries, including Cyprus, Montenegro, Finland, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Unexpectedly, for a few minutes, viewers saw a black screen and later there arrived message with threats. After it results of the attack eliminated support team.

Messages said: “Israel is not save. And you will see this!”, “Threat of the missile attack, please conceal in shelter”.

On Wednesday in Kan confirmed that, apparently, they became a victim of hackers’ attack.

“We know that at a certain stage there was an attempt, apparently by Hamas, to commandeer our digital broadcast, but I am happy to say that within a few minutes we managed to assume control over this phenomenon”, – chief executive, Eldad Koblenz, told Israel’s Army Radio.

Israeli national TV corporation Kan accused Hamas in the broadcast gap though ban of Palestinian fighters did not comment on it.

“We are very concerned in cybersecurity and investigate this incident”, – noted in the TV company.

On May 5 Israel Defence forces claimed that prevented attempt of “Hamas cyberattack” against Israeli targets.

After defensive cyberoperation Israeli Air Forces struck an air strike on the building in Gaza where allegedly worked Hamas hackers.

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Israel answered on the cyberattack with the missile attack in the real world

Incident took place amid escalation of conflict Israel and Hamas, in the result of militants in Gaza in two days fired almost 700 rockets on Israel, and IDF responded with 350 air strikes on Gaza military objects. Four Israel citizens and 25 Palestinians were killed during the escalation.


Daniel Zimmermann

Daniel Zimmermann has been writing on security and malware subjects for many years and has been working in the security industry for over 10 years. Daniel was educated at the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany and currently lives in New York.

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