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Israel hit with over 1 million cyber attacks on first day of Operation Protective Edge

By Mason White 2:38 PM July 9, 2014
IDF Twitter account hacked 

By: Aryeh Savir
The International Cyber Center announced that Israel was hit with over one million cyber attacks on the first day of Operation Protective Edge, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The battle against terror is being fought in cyberspace as well.

Data provided by the International Cyber Convention at Tel Aviv University, showed that there has been a 900 percent increase in cyber attacks against Israeli government sites.

“We deal with an average of 100,000 attacks a day, and in the last day, we have faced 1,000,000 attacks,” said Major-General Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, head of the Cyber Center at Tel Aviv University at a meeting. Ben Yisrael pointed out that the attacks originate from all around the Muslim world and not only from Hamas, whose hacker unit is still primitive.

Ben Yisrael indicated that the volume of attacks is probably higher. “We know of about 1 million attacks on government bodies and big companies. If a private individual is attacked – we have no account of it,” said Ben Yisrael.

“People think that cyber attacks are about data security. Those are the easy attacks. The serious attacks are against physical infrastructure. The trains for instance, are piloted by computers. A virus inserted into the system can cause a deadly accident,“ he explained.

As an example, Ben Yisrael related to the Assad’s hacker unit – the Syrian Electronic Army. In 2012, they hacked the computers of an arrogation system in northern Israel and shut it down.

“We initially received a notice that the entire water system in the Haifa area was down,” recalled Ben Yisrael. “The good news was that it was a false alarm. The bad news was that system was attacked.”