Israel says Iran’s cyber attacks are incessant

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Israel says Iran’s cyber attacks are incessant

Warwick Ashford

Israel has accused Iran of carrying out incessant cyber attacks on its computer systems

At a cyber warfrare conference in Tel Aviv, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the scope of cyber attacks by Iran had increased significantly in recent months.

He said the attacks were a threat to Israel's critical national infrastructure systems for water, power, trains and banking.

Netanyahu also accused Iran's Palestinian and Lebanese allies in Hamas and Hezbollah of taking part in the attacks on Israel's essential systems, according to the Telegraph.  

"Every sphere of civilian economic life, let's not even talk about our security, is a potential or actual cyber attack target,” Netanyahu said.

“Despite the non-stop attacks on us, you hear about only a few of them because we thwart most of them,” he said.

Israel set up a national cyber bureau in 2011 to protect Israel's computer systems and in January launched a national initiative to train young people for cyber warfare.

At the time, Netanyahu said the three-year training programme for 16- to 18-year-olds was aimed at bolstering the national cyber bureau’s ability to deal with cyber threats.

Israel has also boosted its cyber defences after pro-Palestinian attacks by Anonymous in November 2012 and April 2013.

Israel was among the handful of countries targeted by the Flame malware discovered by researchers at security firm Kaspersky Lab in May 2012.

Analysis of Flame, recognised as a powerful cyber weapon, revealed it was designed to carry out cyber espionage.

Israel and the US are thought to have been involved in cyber attacks on Iran's nuclear programme using the Stuxnet virus that allegedly sabotaged Iran's uranium enrichment site in attacks in 2009 and 2010.

 


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