Barak acknowledges Israel´s cyber offensive for first time (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Gili Cohen and Oded Yaron 06/07/12)
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Defense Minister says that Israel´s focus is on cyber defense,
describing it as ´the more important and difficult component´;
comments come one month after sophisticated Flame virus hits Iran.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday acknowledged Israel´s
offensive cyberspace operations for the first time.
Speaking during a conference at Tel Aviv University, Barak stressed
that in cyber warfare, as opposed to conventional warfare, it is more
important to invest in defense than offense, and admitted for the
first time that Israel has been developing and working on both
"Our goal with cyber defense, which is the more important and
difficult component, is to prevent damage," Barak said. "It is more
than we can benefit from an offensive action, even though both
Barak´s explicit statement that "both aspects exist" comes after the
Israel Defense Forces´ website announced its cybernetics operations.
There it was written that the operations include a focus
on "information collection, defense, and classified military
operations," among others.
"We are preparing to be at the frontline of the worldwide cyber
battle, both in civil and security systems," Barak said.
Late last month, Iran accused Israel of being behind the Flame virus
that struck its computer systems. Every official that inspected the
virus – including security companies, the UN Communications Agency
and the Iranian security body – said Flame was the most sophisticated
virus they had encountered, and from data available to them Flame
appears to be the product of a state. In addition, they said the
level of sophistication indicates that a great deal of work and
knowledge was invested into the program.
"A single hacker can cause tremendous damage to the economic or
national systems. The cyber can cause a butterfly effect," Barak
warned. "The free world is under threat of Iranian terror, rebel
states and organized crime, but the tools have not yet been developed
for a systematic response, not on a national level nor on a level of
In response to the foreign minister´s comments, Dr. Avitar Matanya,
head of the National Cyber Defense Authority, said work is being done
with the Justice Ministry and Foreign Ministry in two areas:
principles for international cooperation, and the signing of
agreements and treaties with foreign nations. Matanya said that by
joining the international agreements and treaties with relevant
countries, the State of Israel could "complement its strategic
defense strategy and national infrastructure development program." (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/07/12)
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