A hacker using the handle “The Jester” allegedly rerouted distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to hit the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.
The Jester became a high-profile hacker in 2010 when he claimed to have attacked the Wikileaks website. He also is known to attack websites affiliated with ISIS, Hamas, Anonymous and the Occupy movement.
In a 2010 article, the New York Times claimed the Jester is a former military contractor who was involved with US special forces operations.
The Jester’s website reportedly came under attack with DDoS attacks, which the hacker claims to have redirected against the Israeli intelligence service. He claims to have altered the IP address that his website was registered on to the Mossad address.
“To the s***loads attacking my blog, I’ve pointed my domain to 188.8.131.52. Ur now hitting Israeli Intelligence Service (Mossad). Good luck,” the Jester, or th3j35t3r, wrote in an online post.
The hacker said he redirected the traffic to Mossad’s IP address because “they can look after themselves perfectly well,” according to reports.
Israel’s Information and Communications Technology Authority reportedly issued a statement that Mossad’s website did not encounter irregularities or down time.
The Israeli intelligence service’s website remains online and functional, while the Jester’s site is offline at the time of this post.