Tag Archive for cyberattacks

Payback: Israeli cyberattack disrupts Iran’s largest strategic port

In retaliation for Teheran’s earlier attempted cyberattack on Israel’s rural water distribution systems, the IDF cyber unit targeted Iran’s largest port operational system, which reportedly caused far more than the 3 days damage previously admitted to by Iranian officials.

By Ynet, Reuters


Israel appears to be behind a cyberattack earlier this month on computers at Iran’s Shahid Rajaee port that caused massive backups on waterways and roads leading to the facility, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

Citing unnamed U.S. and foreign government officials, the Post said the May 9 disruption of Iranian computers was presumably in retaliation for an earlier attempted cyberattack on rural water distribution systems in Israel. 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 »

#OpIsrael: Annual Arab cyber attack hits Israeli websites

Far from the “electronic Holocaust” threatened against Israel, but an estimated 300 websites were hacked by the mostly Arab groups.

By i24news


Israel has once again become the target of a highly concerted and dangerous hacking attack with dozens of Israeli websites hacked by an offshoot of the Anonymous hacking group which calls itself AnonGhost.

In a video posted online in March, the group warned that “as we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, banks and public institutions.”

A spokesperson for the group, who was wearing the signature Guy Fawkes mask said Anonymous will “erase” Israel from the internet on April 7 in an “electronic Holocaust.”

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WATCH: Anonymous vows #Op_Israel ‘Electronic Holocaust’ in April

In new video, the hacker group ‘Anonymous’, threatens to take down Israeli sites & servers on April 7, promising to ‘erase you from cyberspace’.

By Ran Rimon, Elior Levy



A video released this week by the Anonymous hacker collective vowed to inflict an “Electronic Holocaust” on Israel.


The video shows a masked individual in a suit delivering a prepared statement, in which he announces April 7 as the date of a concerted attack on Israel’s online servers. “As we did many times, we will take down your servers, government websites, Israeli military websites, and Israeli institutions,” he said.

“We will erase you from cyberspace in our Electronic Holocaust.” Continue Reading »

Focusing on countering cyberterrorism at Tel Aviv conference next month


With help from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Institute for National Security Studies, a prestigious Israeli think tank, will host a large event with the help & participation of U.S.-based Cyber Security Forum Initiative.

Issues to include cyberterrorism, cybercrime & the need for cyber defense laws.

By Ilan Gattegno


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Israel Internet Association Poll: A 3rd of Israelis are victims of cyber-bullying


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Ex-IDF hackers run cyber warfare bootcamp



Israeli cyber-tech company Cybergym runs company high-tech representatives  through a gauntlet of scenarios simulating realistic, everyday type cyber attacks.



An Israeli company is using ex-IDF hackers to train companies against cyber-attacks, CNN reported.


Cybergym is using ex-IDF hackers to train companies against cyber-attacks, CNN reported.

In Cybergym, located on a farm between Tel Aviv and Haifa, private companies’ cyber warriors are challenged with simulations of real-world (or real-virtual world) scenarios, designed to train them to contain both state and individual hostile hacking attempts.


View original HAARETZ publication at: http://www.haaretz.com/business/1.567928 Continue Reading »

Israeli Terror Victim Then Becomes Victim of Cyber-Bully




After having survived stabbing attack by two Palestinians, Kay Wilson tells how she then faced an equally terrorizing libel campaign by a relentless cyber-bully.

By Ryan Jones & Ariel Rudolph



In December 2010, Kay Wilson found herself in the midst of a nightmare when she and visiting American Christian friend Kristine Luken were attacked by knife-wielding Palestinian Arabs in a forested area south of Jerusalem.

Kay Wilson on Step By Step: The Idiot’s Guide To Surviving A Machete Attack for TEDxBGU - YouTube screenshot

Kay Wilson on Step By Step: The Idiot’s Guide To Surviving A Machete Attack for TEDxBGU – YouTube screenshot

Wilson previously recounted for Israel Today the traumatic event that took her friend’s life and left her badly wounded. Continue Reading »

‘Anonymous’ attacks pro-Israeli websites over Gaza

Hacker collective launches wide-scale cyber-attack, named “#OpIsrael,” on hundreds of Israeli websites in protest of ‘Operation Pillar of Defense’.


Hacker collective Anonymous launched a wide-scale attack, named “#OpIsrael”, on hundreds of Israeli websites late Friday night in protest of Operation Pillar of Defense in the Gaza Strip. The attacks ranged from high-profile targets like the Foreign Ministry to tourism companies and locksmiths.

Hacker collective Anonymous

Hacker collective Anonymous – Photo: Screen capture

One of the most high-profile targets of the attack was the Foreign Ministry’s international development program, Mashav. In an announcement on Twitter, Anonymous claimed to have tampered with the website’s internal database. Continue Reading »

IDF searches the world for cyber teen prodigies


IDF’s cyberwarfare program searches Jewish communities abroad for teen geniuses for lack of recruits

Yossi Yehoshua


With cyberattacks increasing in frequency and potency in recent years, the IDF has begun scouring Jewish communities abroad for young computer prodigies willing to join its ranks, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

Illustration Photo: Shutterstock

Illustration Photo: Shutterstock

Over the past year, the army has dramatically increased the resources allotted for its cyber program, which operates within the Intelligence Corps’ Unit 8200. Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi has recently allocated NIS 2 billion (roughly $515 million) towards developing the program.

Furthermore, the Teleprocessing Corps last year founded a new unit charged with protecting the IDF’s communication systems from hackers and viruses. Continue Reading »