The Rise of Suspicious Websites at the Start of the Israel-Hamas War


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Malicious actors often use events that draw the public’s attention to promote scams. We have previously reported on the malicious activities targeting consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s war against Ukraine. This year, we observed a similar spike in suspicious sites after the Hamas attack on Israel.

In the aftermath of the October 7th attack, the number of visits to websites related to Israel, Palestine, Gaza, and Hamas increased by 290-370%. Almost a third of these websites had new domains and asked for donations in a suspicious manner.

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