Saturday, July 11, 2009

Report: IDF and Iran already Engaged in 'Cyber War'

( While Israel has publicly refrained from striking Iran, a secret “cyber war” may have already begun, according to ABC's Simon McGregor-Wood. Clandestine computer battles are used both to gather information and to launch offensive strikes, he says.

Israeli defense expert Alon Ben-David, who spoke with McGregor-Wood, believes cyber warfare has become “a very important area in Israeli strategy.” Israel began hacking into foreign systems years ago, after a routine exercise demonstrated that Israel's own systems were shockingly unprepared for a cyber assault.

It did not take long for Israel to apply those findings to other countries, experts say.

'Unexplained breakdowns'
Ben-David relates that Israel's war on Iran has been successful so far. “The Iranians have experienced a number of malfunctions and unexplained breakdowns,” he says.

Targeting Iran is particularly easy as the Islamic Republic imports the vast majority of its computer equipment and expertise. This allows Israel to target Iran's computers before they even reach the country.

Israel successfully attacked computer-based systems in Syria as well, Ben-David says. Only the use of “cyber war” allowed Israel to conduct an airstrike on a Syrian nuclear facility in 2007 without setting off Syria's air defense systems, he explains.

Cyber attacks have also been used against Israel. During Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, Israeli government sites came under attack and were briefly paralyzed. More sensitive systems were not breached.

The attack on Israel's systems, in January of this year, involved more than half a million computers sending a total of 15 million junk mail items each second, causing server overload. While cyber attacks are notoriously difficult to track, Israeli experts believe they may have pinpointed the culprit: a criminal group based in the former Soviet Union that used similar tactics against Georgia months earlier. The group may have been paid off by Hamas or Hizbullah, they say.

Story source here

Perhaps part of Israel's strategy is to neutralize Iran covertly using cyber warfare - crippling their defenses to render them ineffective while Israel's planes and missiles are flying. Stay tuned...we might know soon!



Mid Stutsman said...

Don, this is soooooo exciting. I may be the odd ball who thinks, so, but how awesome to see this technology used in an effective way to defeat Israel's enemies. Israeli intelligence has given so much to the world of technology, and most people don't even realize it!!
Thanks for posting this, my friend. I hope to have time to get back to all my computer writing soon.
In His Love,

Don said...

I agree, Mid, that most people don't realize it. Many picture Israel as just a land of blowing sand and sheepherders. But, the truth is that Israel is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Jewish people have been awarded 129 Nobel Prizes.

Refer to topic titled, "Facts To Consider" - posted here by Mid on January 18, 2009.



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