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Sun Aug 17, 2014, 07:45 PM

Iran attempted large-scale cyber-attack on Israel, senior security source says

Iran attempted to conduct a large-scale cyber-attack on Israeli civilian communications during the war with Hamas this summer, a senior security source revealed on Sunday.

"This is not something we have seen before, both in terms of scope and the type of targets. They targeted communications infrastructure that belong to the civilian sector in Israel," the source said. Iranian elements were "definitely" behind the attack, he said, and their aim, which was not achieved, was to cause maximum disruption.

Cyber attackers also targeted IDF websites, but online defenses withstood the assault, the source said.

The source, who is highly familiar with the IDF's telecommunications capabilities, said a new, integrated military communications network was used in Gaza during the conflict.

The network serves all branches of the armed forces, enabling them to share intelligence. This led to swift sensor-to-shooter cycles, in which targets that were detected in Gaza were rapidly destroyed. In addition to being linked to one another, the ground forces, air force, and navy were also directly linked in to Military Intelligence.

"Our aim is to enable a military force to be far more effective than it was a year ago. We succeeded in seeing that during this operation," the source stated.


http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Iran-attempted-large-scale-cyber-attack-on-Israel-senior-security-source-says-371339

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