Cyber Attack Causes Major Disruptions for Leading Companies in Israel

Posted on Nov 19, 2023 by Ifi Reporter

In a shocking turn of events, a recent cyber attack targeting the website hosting company Signature-IT has resulted in widespread disruptions affecting numerous prominent businesses, including popular chains such as Home Center and Kravitz. The National Cyber System has confirmed the severity of the incident, highlighting the impact on online activities across various sectors of the economy.

At the close of the week, Home Center and Kravitz online stores abruptly ceased operations, leaving customers bewildered. Home Center's website displayed a message acknowledging a cyber-terrorist attack, while visitors to the Kravitz website were informed of temporary inactivity without further details.

The National Cyber System clarified that the targeted attack was not directly against the affected companies but rather aimed at the servers of Signature-IT. This company provides online shopping solutions and website hosting services to around 40 impacted businesses, primarily in the online trade sector. Notable clients of Signature-IT include IKEA Israel, Keter, Assem, Strauss, Kel Gav, Tnuva, Unilever, and government bodies such as the Nature and Parks Authority, the State Archives, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Labor and Welfare.

Apart from disrupting online operations, the attackers gained access to mailing lists stored on Signature-IT's servers, enabling them to send SMS messages and emails containing hateful content to thousands of individuals. While the company assured that no credit card information was compromised, concerns arise regarding the exposure of customer data, including full names, phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, and purchase history. This information could potentially be exploited for targeted phishing attacks in the future.

In response to the incident, the National Cyber System is pushing for emergency regulations to empower it to instruct storage and digital service providers on responding to cyber attacks. Signature-IT is identified as a company that should fall under these regulations. However, questions linger about whether the cyber system had prior knowledge of the attack and if preemptive action could have been taken had it possessed the authority to issue binding instructions to the company.

As investigations unfold, it is revealed that several government ministries have engaged Signature-IT for third-party website services. While the state archives website remains inaccessible, other government ministry websites are reportedly unaffected, as the attacked company does not store sensitive citizen information on behalf of these ministries. The aftermath of this cyber attack raises concerns about the broader implications for cybersecurity regulations and the need for enhanced preventative measures in an increasingly interconnected digital landscape.


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