IDF Prepares For Cyber Warfare Attacks From Syria And Iran

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The Israel Defense Forces on Friday (August, 30) were preparing for the possibility of a cyber-attack from sources close to, or even part of, the Syrian regime, including the Syrian Electronic Army, which claimed responsibility for hacking The New York Times  website on Tuesday, Israel ‘s Walla News reported.

As the U.S. worked to build a coalition to punish Syria for crossing its “red line” on chemical weapons use, additional measures were being taken Friday by the IDF’s telecom and military intelligence division. The steps were aimed at safeguarding IDF’ online  infrastructure,  as well as government and civilian systems, from Syrian retaliation, Walla News said.

The IDF has been following the Syrian Electronic Army very closely over the past two years, and believes that some of the hackers behind the group are supported directly by the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, while others are guided and assisted by Iran, Walla News said.

In May, Walla News reported that an Israeli computer expert found evidence that the Syrian Electronic Army had tried to hack into the water system of the Israeli city of Haifa, although their attack failed. In addition to water resources, electricity installations, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, train networks, government agency websites, Israeli media sites and the IDF are all potential cyber-warfare targets. (via  Joshua Levitt, The Algemeiner)


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