Days after Albania broke diplomatic ties with Iran over its alleged involvement in cyberattacks, Israel offered Albania aid in cyber defense.
On the sidelines of the Feminist Foreign Policy Development Conference in Berlin, Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll met with Albanian Foreign Minister Olta Xhacka and offered “to share our knowledge and experience in cyber defense.” He also “expressed Israel’s appreciation” for Tirana’s decision to expel the Iranian diplomats, he said in a tweet on Monday.
I spoke with Albanian FM @Xhacka_Olta at #ShapingFFP. I expressed Israel's appreciation for Albania's decision to sever its diplomatic ties with Iran, and offered to share our knowledge and experience in cyber defense. We will continue to tighten cooperation between ?? and ??. pic.twitter.com/fPOnVhpDra
— Idan Roll – עידן רול (@idanroll) September 12, 2022
“We will continue to tighten cooperation between Israel and Albania,” said Roll.
The U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced on Friday that it had imposed sanctions against Tehran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Minister of Intelligence Esmail Khatib following an Iranian cyberattack on Albania.
The attack in July disrupted state computer systems in Albania, forcing it to suspend online services and leaking supposed government documents and residents’ personal information.