The ongoing cyber war between hackers in Israel and other Middle Eastern nations intensified even further on Monday, as the country found itself at the receiving end of a major raid carried out by unknown hackers within its cyberspace.
According to reports, the hackers managed to disrupt the day-to-day services of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the national airline El Al, as well as multiple Israeli banks.
"They have demanded an apology for Israel's defensive measures," Danny Ayalon, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, revealed on Facebook.
Following these attacks, a number of Israeli banks are now threatening to block international access to their sites in order to prevent further attacks.
No group or individual has taken the responsibility for the attacks as of now.
Though the severity of the attacks was not of the highest order, it still caused a deal of widespread concern amongst the authorities. It is a well known fact that Israel is heavily dependant on its high tech infrastructure in order to defend itself against potentially hostile neighbours.
Reacting to the reports of Israel coming under cyber attack, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri stated: "This is a new field of resistance against the Occupation and we urge Arab youth to develop their methods in electronic warfare in the face of (Israel's) crimes," Reuters reports.