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Multiple Israeli research centers have been struck in multiple attempts to sabotage Israel’s ability to produce a vaccine to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The complex cyberattack was carried out against Israeli research institutes that are involved in creating medication to treat the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and a vaccine to prevent it.

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The attacks – which involved no attempt to extract information but rather simply an attempt to sabotage the research – were unsuccessful.

Israel has determined the masterminds behind the attack, according to the Channel 12 television news team.

In recent weeks Israel has been waging a cyber war against Iran, and this may well be one more move in the battle between the two combatants.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.