Tag Archive for cyber defense

Israel to host Global Forum on ‎Counterterrorism, Incitement and Cyber Threats

This coming week in Jerusalem, Homeland security ministers from 17 countries will be gathering for the annual Global Forum on ‎Counterterrorism, Incitement and Cyber Threats, which according to Israel’s Public security minister, is ‘recognition of Israel’s abilities.’

By Itsik Saban and Israel Hayom Staff


Top security officials from around the world are ‎slated to attend the first Global Forum on ‎Counterterrorism, Incitement and Cyber Threats in ‎Jerusalem next week.‎

The three-day conference, scheduled to be held ‎on June 12-14, is an initiative promoted by Public ‎Security Minister Gilad Erdan. President Reuven ‎Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ‎intelligence, police and military officials will ‎attend the symposium, alongside homeland and public ‎security ministers from the United States, Canada, ‎Germany, Albania, Romania, Azerbaijan, Greece, ‎Bulgaria, Rwanda, Hungary, Georgia, Ghana, Latvia, ‎Croatia, Paraguay, Lithuania, and Serbia.‎ Continue Reading »

Israeli cyber unit thwarts targeted cyberattack on government websites


Israel’s National Cyber Bureau reports anti-Israel hackers posing as “legitimate organization” targeting over 100 Israeli organizations, gov’t offices, public institutions & Israeli citizens.
• National Cyber Bureau official, ‘The hackers “are trying to trick us, but we’re one step ahead of them.”

By Shlomo Cesana, Ilan Gattegno, Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff


>Israel thwarted a large cyberattack on government offices and private citizens, the National Cyber Bureau at the Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday.

A statement issued by the National Cyber Bureau described the attack, which took place last Wednesday, as “unusually wide-scale, adding that hackers posing as a “legitimate organization” targeted “about 120 organizations, government offices, public institutions and private citizens.” Continue Reading »

The latest WikiLeaks batch of CIA intel is a ‘warning’ for Israel’s Intel Agencies


Israel must take into account that their different intelligence agencies are not 100% invincible – that in this ongoing battle between state attackers or ‘lone wolf’ vs the defenders, the attacker usually has the upper hand.



We shouldn’t have been surprised this week when tens of thousands of CIA documents were released, revealing the organization’s cyber warfare methods and its operations to break into and attack computers and smart phones. Even the fact that a Samsung refrigerator can be used as a listening device that records voices in its vicinity is not new. The Korean company itself issued a warning saying as much to its customers more than a year ago. Continue Reading »

Israeli missile boats modified to repel naval cyber ‘intrusions’ by foreign military vessels


Israel’s Navy is equipping its missile boats with crews & electronics that will safeguard the country’s shores from probing cyber encroachments.

By Udi Etsion

Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has recently arrived at the shores of Syria accompanied by its companion vessels. The ships are in the area as a deterrent measure, but also in order to collect intelligence via electronic means. As a response, the Israeli Navy has upgraded its cyber warfare capabilities, placing special crews onto its missile boats.

Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier - Wikimedia Commons/Mil.ru.

Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier – Wikimedia Commons/Mil.ru.

“The (fight) isn’t just with the possibility of infiltration into your systems – you need to ensure that if there is an infiltration, the infiltrator won’t be able to cause damage or collect critical intelligence and will be identified quickly,” said an IDF cyber warfare official.Cyber

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U.S. Energy Secretary & Israel’s Energy Minister sign extensive energy agreement

New joint energy agreement will deepen & strengthen cooperation between the US & Israel in areas of natural gas, fuels & fuel alternatives, smart grid technologies, desalination & water treatment, and the security & cyber-defense of energy and water installations.

By Shlomo Cesana


U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and his Israeli counterpart, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, signed a new joint energy deal in Jerusalem on Monday, intended to tighten cooperation between the countries.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz at Masada on Monday

The agreement expands areas of cooperation to include fuels and fuel alternatives, natural gas, smart grid technologies, desalination and water treatment, and the physical and cyber-defense of energy and water installations. Continue Reading »

Book: Mossad deciphering hidden al-Qaida, ISIS messages, encoded in Reddit, eBay & porn

Author Gordon Thomas claims that Israeli cyber warriors were tracking online encrypted messages, and “once the Mossad uncovers a specific plan abroad, it alerts the relevant intelligence agencies who act on the information & thwart the plot.”



Mossad has used specially trained cyber warfare agents to crack coded messages sent by terrorists to their operatives through popular web sites like Reddit and eBay, according to a revised edition of a book about the Israeli spy agency.

Cyber hackers – Illustrative Photo: REUTERS

According to excerpts of the latest edition of Gideon’s Spies: The Secret History of the Mossad, author Gordon Thomas claims that Israeli cyber warriors were tracking message boards online in search of specially encrypted messages from the likes of al-Qaida and Islamic State. Continue Reading »

Israel’s PM Establishes National Civilian Cyber-Defense Authority

After major hacking attempt during Gaza war to crash  non-governmental websites, Netanyahu makes historic move to protect civilians – not only the gov’t – from intrusive cyber warfare.

By Tova Dvorin


In a landmark decision Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the establishment of a National Authority for Cyber Defense.

Cyber security – Reuters

The new authority will be headed by Dr. Eviatar Mattaniah, head of the cyber-defense staff, and will be responsible for the protection of Israeli civilians against cyber attacks.

Netanyahu’s decision takes the already extensive work and thorough preparation to protect Israel’s cyberspace against terror several steps further, drafting leading experts in the field to coordinate and lead the entire Israeli cyber-defense team. Continue Reading »