On Monday, Israel’s digital watchdog released a report that found that the country’s digital network was being used to conduct cyber attacks on citizens, and the military was responsible for some of the attacks.
In the report, the Jerusalem Post said that on December 1, the IDF’s Cyber Security Unit launched a cyber attack on the website of the Palestinian Authority’s National News Agency (NNA).
In retaliation, the Israeli military hacked the NNA’s Twitter account, publishing the following tweet: “Netanyahu is a terrorist.”
Netanyahu’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Jerusalem Post report, published on Monday, accused the IDF of hacking into the Palestinian’s Twitter and Facebook accounts and publishing their private information on them.
The attack was carried out in coordination with Israeli cyber intelligence unit Saber, which has been identified by Israeli authorities as part of the same military intelligence unit responsible for the cyber attacks against Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia militia.
According to the report published by the Jerusalem post, the attack targeted the accounts of more than 60,000 people in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Netanyahu was reportedly among the targets of the cyber attack, which lasted between three and six hours, and led to the destruction of more more than 300,000 emails and other files.
“Netanyahu has repeatedly stated that he will not tolerate the use of cyber warfare against him,” the report said.
“It is clear that the Israeli cyber authorities are conducting a wide-scale cyber war against the Palestinian people, who have no right to use social media platforms for their political beliefs and to make their voices heard in public.”
The report was based on analysis of thousands of tweets posted by Palestinian citizens of Israel on the Palestinian social media platform Facebook, including tweets posted during the height of the Arab Spring protests, when Israeli citizens took to the streets to demand political change.
The report also detailed how the IDF was responsible “for at least six different attacks that targeted the Twitter account of the NWA, which is also known as the National News and Information Agency,” according to the Jerusalem report.
The IDF has previously denied any involvement in the attacks, saying the attacks were a “legitimate defense” of the countrys cyber defenses.
Netanya Adamek, a spokeswoman for the IDF, told The Jerusalem post that the IDF had been in regular communication with the Palestinian National Authority (PNAA), the Palestinian authority’s media wing, about the cyber threat, and had been working with the agency to strengthen its digital infrastructure.
“The military and Cyber Security units are always monitoring social media for cyber-related threats,” she said.
“As part of this, they are continuously analyzing all threats, and have made some significant changes.”
The NNA has said it was not hacked and that its Twitter account was not compromised.
The Palestinian Authority has said its Twitter and Instagram accounts were not hacked, but that it would be up to Israeli authorities to determine who was responsible.
“As the PA, we are in contact with the military and the cyber authorities to understand who is behind these cyber attacks and how they could be used,” the PA’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Ali Al-Bara said in a statement on Sunday.
“We will take whatever action we need from the Israeli authorities in order to prevent cyber attacks from taking place.”