Israeli websites disrupted by hackers

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Hackers have disrupted the websites of an Israeli hospital, a leading newspaper and Israel’s official cultural festival, the latest in a series of politically motivated cyber attacks against Israeli sites.

The Haaretz daily reported its site was hacked by a group calling itself Anonymous Palestine. The Tel Hashomer hospital’s website was also blocked Wednesday for a few hours by a flood of messages from abroad, a hospital spokesman said.

The Israel Festival’s site was plastered with a Palestinian flag icon and the message “Death to Israel and U.S.A.” A hacker dubbed Watchful Eye claimed responsibility.

This month’s cyber attacks began with a Saudi-identified hacker poaching Israeli credit card information. Israeli hackers staged their own attacks in retaliation.