The website of the Beach Hillel in Long Beach, California, was hacked by an apparent Tunisian hacker by the name of O-Ghost. The hacker redirects visitors to the Hillel website to a page featuring a song about the tenets of Islam and displaying the hackers signature over a phrase “Al Khilafa [the Islamic Caliphate] is coming.”
This attack is another in a series of hacks targeting Jewish institutions in the U.S. from groups in the Arab world who often launch their cyber-attacks under the banner of “Electronic Jihad.”
Unlike most of the previous attacks, the hacking of the Beach Hillel website appears to be a one-person operation. O-Ghost appears to be affiliated with several hacker groups motivated by an anti-Israel agenda. A YouTube channel dedicated to documenting the hacking operations of O-Ghost is associated with a user by the name of Oussama Dridi.
Some of the YouTube videos uploaded by Dridi praise terrorist activities in Afghanistan and describe the Taliban fighters as heroes. Furthermore, the Facebook page includes images praising “Electronic Jihad” and a record of some previous operations such as the hacking of credit card information of Israeli citizens.
Other groups who have been active in targeting Jewish institutions and individuals include, Moroccan Ghosts, Gaza Hackers, Team System Dz , Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail, and others mostly based in North Africa.
It is worth noting that the Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail posted a statement today warning of an upcoming attack on Israeli websites in response to what the group described as closing the Aqsa mosque by Zionists.
The comment posted by Moroccan Islamic Union-Mail reads, “Oh nation of the billion [Muslims], your blessed Aqsa mosque, and the place of your noble prophet’s ascendance is closed by the orders of the Zionists…. [there is] a coming attack by the group to the Israeli websites.”
ADL documented a number of attacks since 2012 against Jewish institutional websites. Earlier this month, ADL issued an alert to warn U.S. synagogues against this uptick in the number of online attacks.