44 million hacking attempts made on government websites, says Israel
More than 44 million hacking attempts have been made on Israeli government websites since Israel began its Gaza air strikes.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said just one hacking attempt was successful, but the site was up and running within 10 minutes. Israeli websites usually saw a few hundred hacking attempts a day, the ministry said.
Attempts on defence-related websites have been the highest. The site of Israel's president drew 10 million attempts, the Foreign Ministry seven million and the site of the prime minister three million.
While the attacks have come from around the world, most have been from Israel and the Palestinian territories.
"The ministry's computer division will continue to block the millions of cyber attacks," Steinitz said. "We are enjoying the fruits of our investment in recent years in developing computerised defence systems."
Steinitz has instructed his ministry to operate in emergency mode to counter attempts to undermine government sites.
Both sides in the conflict are embracing social media. The Israeli Defence Force has a presence on nearly every platform available while Palestinian militants are active on Twitter.