Israeli news site down, blames cyber attack

Debkafile put out of action as fighting between Israel and Hamas escalates in Gaza

First real war, now a cyber war? The Jerusalem-based Debkafile said it was temporarily put out of action Saturday evening by a cyber attack.

It's not clear whether this was a denial of service attack. Debka, which specializes in military and political analysis, sent out a note to subscribers that both its English and Hebrew sites had been under attack "since 19:00 local time." It did not get more specific and the site's publishers were not immediately available for comment.

The announcement took place in the shadow of the week-long conflict between Israel and Hamas. Earlier today, the Israel Defense Force sent its troops into Gaza in a move to smother missile fire.

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