ONLINE ACCESS to El Al Airlines, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and three banks was disrupted by hackers in what the government claimed was a cyber-offensive against Israel.
According to Reuters, stock trading and El Al flights operated normally despite the disruptions. Israeli media reported that pro-Palestinian hackers had threatened at the weekend to shut down the TASE stock exchange and airline web sites.
Marketing web sites were hacked at the First International Bank of Israel (FIBI) and two subsidiary banks, Massad and Otzar Hahayal. However, online services to clients were unaffected.
Discount, the third largest bank in the country, said it had not been attacked but temporarily shut down foreign access to its web site as a precaution.
Although the Tel Aviv bourse web site could only be accessed intermittently, screen based trading was not affected.
El Al warned that there could be disruptions to its online activity because of precautions to protect its web site.
No one claimed responsibility for Monday's incidents.
This follows a hacking attack last week that stole credit card details, which Israel likened to terrorism and threatened to counter with violence. µ