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Israel-Palestine Conflict — Power Outages Reported Across Israel Due To Cyber Attack? Fact-Check

There have been reports of widespread power outages throughout Israel, and news has surfaced suggesting that a significant cyberattack has been launched against Israel’s vital infrastructure. There are claims that Iran is the one behind this cyberattack.

Verified accounts on twitter, including Megatron (“@Megatron_ron“) claimed that Iran is allegedly carrying out cyberattacks against Israel, according to reports from Iran. The user added “Widespread power outages in parts of Israel and interruption of the Internet” in the twitter post on Dec 26, 2023, which has received an about 485.7k views on X.

Iran Observer (“@IranObserver0“) claimed the same by adding “A massive cyber attack has been launched on Israel’s critical infrastructure Power outages are reported everywhere in Israel” and shared the video of the incident.

The user again made a tweet by writing “According to the Israeli media Yedioth Ahronoth, a massive power outage is being reported throughout Israel Netanyahu and his cabinet have been sent to bunkers” on Dec 26, 2023.

Several other users, including Dr. Renee Levant (“@ReneeLevant“), K Boz (“@KBoz3“) also made the same claim that Israel is the target of ongoing cyberattacks by Iran. Electricity was reportedly cut off to 130 Israeli settlements. Yosod HaMaale, Holta, Safed, Furia Ridge, Yavnal, and Yokneam settlements all experience power outages. The archive can be read from above.

What is the Actual Truth About this Incident? : Fact

As per the reports, the reason for the electricity being disconnected was not a cyber-attack, but rather a “malfunction in production units.” The electricity company clarified that there was a pause in the activity of two production units. Initially, 150,000 people nationwide were without power; at present, the majority of them have restored power, but 20,000 people are still without it. ‍ ‍

An article as published regarding the same incidednt on Dec 26, 2023 with the headline “A power outage was recorded across the country due to a “malfunction in production units” “. The article clarified in details about the truth, which shows all the claims made by the propagandists were misleading.

D-Intent’s Fact-Checking Results:

Intent:

Anti-Israel propaganda is circulating false claims about the power outage in Israel to set their propaganda. Power outages are being reported throughout Israel, and reports have surfaced suggesting that a significant cyberattack has been launched against the country’s vital infrastructure. This cyberattack is allegedly being carried out by Iran. But, after proper research, analysis and fact-checking, we have discovered that there was no cyberattack; instead, the electricity was turned off because of a “malfunction in production units.” The electricity provider clarified that there had been a pause in two production units’ operations. 150,000 people were out of service when the fault first started; at this point, the majority of them have their power restored, but 20,000 are still out of service. ‍

Conclusion:

Fact : According to reports, there was no cyber-attack, but the electricity was turned off due to a “malfunction in production units.” The electricity company explained that there was a break in the activity of two production units. At the start of the fault, 150,000 people were left without power across the country; the majority of them have since been restored, but 20,000 remain disconnected. ‍ ‍

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