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Hackers Target Israeli Government Web Sites

Hackers Target Israeli Government Web Sites

April 17, 2013

Homeland & Cyber Security, Robotics & High-Tech

A recent cyber attack campaign targeting Israeli government websites failed to cause serious disruption.

The attacks followed warnings in the name of the hacking group Anonymous that it was launching a massive attack. “So far it is as was expected, there is hardly any real damage,” says Ben Yisrael of the Israeli goverment’s National Cyber Bureau.

“It is a good test for our defense systems and we will know better how to deal with more serious threats in the future,” says Prof. Shlomi Dolev of BGU’s Department of Computer Science and the dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

An expert in network security and cryptography, Prof. Dolev says Israel is well prepared to deal with these attacks.

A concerted effort to cripple Israeli Web sites during November’s Operation Pillar of Defense also didn’t manage to cause serious disruption. At the time there were more than 44 million hacking attempts.