Cyber Break In At Israel Defense Forces

According to a report by the private security firm Seculert, 15 Israeli defense computers were hacked and taken over by an aggressor. The cyber attack went on for several days.

The only official comment the Israeli establishment has made about the incident has been a ‘no comment’. As Guy Inbar, a spokesman for the civil administration, put it: “We are not commenting on it. We don’t respond to such reports.”

This cyber attack is very big news. It proves a point that my hacker friends repeat over and over — any and every computer and Internet site is hack-able. It is simply a matter of time and energy and of course, resources. With the proper combination, when the stars are all properly aligned, even the Israeli Defense Forces can be hacked. In this way Israel’s defense computer system is no different than that of the United States Department of Defense.

Seculert reports that the 15 hacked computers were all from the department of civil service. The computers belonged to the agency in charge of Palestinian movements into and out of Israel, the division that issues passes for Palestinians to enter Israel.

The malware used for this attack was Xtreme Rat. This is the second time in two years that this particular malware has gotten a foothold into Israeli defense computers. Both invasions were probably accomplished by the same hacker.

via Cyber Break-in @ IDF | Micah D. Halpern.

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