This week, the Iron Dome system, known for its extraordinarily high success rate (often above 90%), underperformed, and a gang of well-known Arab hackers is taking the blame.
The Jerusalem Post reports that “Anonymous Sudan” asserts that it breached Israeli rocket warning systems on Tuesday, including Iron Dome, when a volley of rockets was launched from Gaza.
Twenty-two rockets in all were launched from Gaza. Only four were intercepted, with 16 landing in open fields and two striking cities.
The Iron Dome’s success rate on Tuesday was reportedly about 71% when these figures were added to those from previous missiles fired, far lower than its usual 90-95%, according to the IDF. The military is looking into the causes of the terrible outcomes.
On Telegram, the Anonymous Sudan collective claimed responsibility for taking down the websites of four rocket warning services. On Tuesday, it was reported that all four websites were unavailable—at least temporarily.
The hackers claimed that because so many alert systems had been shut down, the Iron Dome was not receiving complete alerts and could not intercept them.
Never before in the Iron Dome’s history have so many missiles been let to pass through, according to Anonymous Sudan.
They stated: “This is one of the reasons for the poor performance of Iron Dome today.” about the sites being disabled.
They also stated that they could have stopped every rocket interception. They asserted that “we were a little late in the attack” was the reason that even four rockets were intercepted.
The organization posted a message on Telegram saying, “We sincerely apologize that we are a little late in bringing down the alarm system due to the current weakness of the Internet in Sudan, and unfortunately, there are a lot of outages.”
Anonymous Sudan has claimed several significant cyberattacks against Israel in recent months. They claimed responsibility for widespread power interruptions in Israel on April 27. The gang also took responsibility for a hack that targeted several significant Israeli banks in April.
Israeli news websites like The Jerusalem Post, KAN, and i24 have also been taken down.
Last month, they allegedly attacked the websites of United Hatzalah and the cybersecurity company Check Point.