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Israel Internet Defense Among Top Three in the World

Monday, January 30th, 2012

According to a report by the Financial Times, the Security and Defense Agenda think tank has ranked Israel as one of the three most cyber-secure countries in the world.

The Brussels-based think tank said Israel is on par with Finland and Sweden as having the best internet defenses for websites.

According to the study, though Israeli websites are attacked 1,000 times a minute on the internet, national strategies for cyber-defense are already in place and being successfully implemented.

The study comes in the wake of the recent upsurge in activity on the Arab-Israeli cyber-war front, and the announcement that the Israeli National Cyber Defense Authority was officially launched.

Cyber Attacks UPDATE: Anti-Israel Hackers Strike Israeli Hospitals’ Websites

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Anti-Israel hackers infiltrated the websites of two Israeli hospitals on Wednesday, paralyzing them for hours in the latest strike in the ongoing Arab-Israeli cyber war.

The websites of Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and Assouta Medical Center in Tel Aviv were both taken offline in a manner similar to previous cyber attacks on Israeli websites, according to security sources. The websites have since been restored.

 

 

Israel Struck By Wave Of Cyber Attacks

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

JERUSALEM – Even as Mossad agents and a team of IDF cyber-warfare specialists began an intensive global hunt for “Ox Omar,” the alleged Saudi hacker who exposed the financial records of thousands of Israeli credit-card holders, the defiant cyber-terrorist launched a second wave of “virtual jihad” attacks on a number of Israeli websites including some government sites and those of El Al and several Israeli banks.

He also threatened to unleash his legion of pro-Palestinian hackers known as the “Nightmare Group” on Israel in order to “destroy” the Jewish state.

After Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said “Ox Omar” should be classified as an international terrorist and either arrested or eliminated by Israeli security services, Ox Omar taunted Ayalon.

“I want to harm Israel in any way possible,” he said during a web chat with a reporter from Ynet, Yediot Aharonot’s Internet news site. “No one will arrest me because it will be impossible to find me.”

Though Ox Omar managed to temporarily knock El Al, Discount Bank of Israel and First International Bank off the Internet and thousands of frustrated customers were unable to conduct business on those sites for nearly hours, the government websites were able to withstand the attack and remained operational.

Israel is one of the few countries in the world with a technological capacity to shut out incoming cyber entries on its websites from abroad if a government agency or commercial enterprise ascertains a threat. Some major Israeli banks have begun to implement these defensive measures in the wake of the Ox Omar attacks.

Nevertheless, Israeli hi-tech entrepreneurs whose companies have sold advanced cyber security software and hardware to hundreds of companies abroad were highly critical of both the government and local commercial enterprises for endangering consumers and the nation at large.

“How is it that Israel, a nation that promotes itself as being among the elite when it comes to developing hi-tech security, doesn’t invest in purchasing its own locally made technology to defend the public against invasive attacks?” a Jerusalem-based hi-tech executive told Channel 10 News earlier this week.

Israeli newspapers reported that a group of Israeli hackers responded to Ox Omar’s attacks with retaliatory cyber strikes on thousands of Facebook pages emanating from a variety of Arab nations across the Middle East.

Hackers Shut Down Stock Exchange, El Al Sites

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Hackers followed through with their pledge to step up their cyber war with Israel, shutting down the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al Airlines on Monday.

Trading on the stock exchange was not affected by the attack, but the TASE and El Al websites were unavailable to users for hours before technicians were able to restore them.

The attack came just hours after 0xOmar, the Saudi hacker who exposed the credit details of thousands of Israelis, threatened a second hacking attack on Israeli websites. Credit for the attack was claimed by hackers calling themselves “Nightmare Group”. Hamas congratulated the group and encouraged further attacks on Israeli computer systems as part of a comprehensive battle against the Jewish state.

In previous cyber attacks on Israel, the public websites of the Shin Bet and Mossad intelligence services, as well as other government websites, have been hacked.

The government has now established a National Cyber Committee, under retired general Yitzhak Ben Yisrael, to prevent such attacks.

After 0xOmar posted the personal details of thousands of Israelis online, an Israeli hacker retaliated by posting non-sensitive credit information pertaining to hundreds of Saudis, calling it a warning against escalating the cyber war with Israel.

Israel To Form New Cyber Warfare Administration

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The Israeli Ministry of Defense is set to form a cyber warfare administration to combat the increasingly dangerous hacking and cyber warfare threat.

This new entity “will coordinate the efforts of Israeli security bodies and defense industries in developing advanced cyber systems,” the Israel Defense website said.

The decision to establish this new administration was made before the recent spate of hackings of Israeli websites and credit card details, but those incidents have certainly given it a greater urgency.

 

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