Pro-Hamas Cyber Group Claims Cyber Attack On Elon Musk's SpaceX In Retaliation For His Support Of Israel, Threatens 'Cyber War' Against U.S., Europe

December 18, 2023

The following report is an offering from MEMRI’s Cyber Terrorism & Jihad Lab (CJL) project.  

On December 15, 2023, a pro-Hamas hacking group claimed perpetrating a cyber attack on SpaceX, a private aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company founded and owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk, in retaliation for Musk's support of Israel in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. During a visit to Israel at the end of November, Musk met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and toured an Israeli community attacked by Hamas on October 7.[1] On Telegram[2], the hacking group published the "first part of SpaceX leaks," an Excel file containing the names and email addresses of 12,529 SpaceX employees.

The statement reads: "Ever since Elon Musk… agreed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the mass-murderer Netanyahu, the one whose hands are drenched in the blood of over 7,000 of our children, we [...] had Mr. Musk and his business interests in our scope. Today we publish the first part of [our] leaks – a complete list of SpaceX employees (all 12.5k) along with their email addresses. Their passwords (hashes), phone numbers, home addresses, and employment positions are not included in the first part."

The statement continues: "To those who participate in supporting those responsible for the mass murder of our children: know that your support is itself complicity, and you will be held to account for this complicity, even if the support was done purely out of personal greed."

Addressing U.S. President Joe Biden, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and "all other Western leaders encouraging and bankrolling the killing of our children," the statement warns that their "support of genocide" is causing them to lose domestic "political and moral credibility," as it "unties the decades of your soft power efforts in the Muslim lands." It further warns that their "ongoing support of the genocide" will bring a "state of cyber war" on their countries, mentioning that their "cyber landscapes" are "far richer and vaster than that of Israel's."

The statement concludes: "Should you continue in supporting the killing of our children… you would not need to worry about just a cyber Pearl Harbor, but rather a cyber flood, from which there will be no mountain to climb."

Since December 1, the group has claimed a series of cyber attacks on Israeli sites.[3]


[1], November 27, 2023.

[2] Telegram, December 15, 2023.

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