US, Israel to boost cyber warfare cooperation (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Itamar Eichner, Sagi Cohen Published: 06.07.12, 14:46)
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Deputy FM Ayalon, head of US anti-terror bureau meet, agree that
experts should convene regularly. Russian whose lab exposed Flame
virus tells Tel Aviv conference: Cyber terror can lead to ´end of the
world as we know it´
The US and Israel have agreed to boost their cooperation in the field
of cyber warfare, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Thursday.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and Counter-Terrorism Bureau
Director Eitan Ben David met on Tuesday with Ambassador-at-Large Dan
Benjamin, who heads the State Department´s Bureau of
Counterterrorism. The officials agreed that cyber experts from both
countries would meet regularly.
Meanwhile, a Russian information security expert whose lab exposed
the Flame virus, which has attacked computers in Iran and elsewhere
in the Middle East, said on Wednesday that only a global effort could
stop a new era of ďcyber terrorism.Ē
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"Itís not cyber warfare, itís cyber terrorism and Iím afraid itís
just the beginning of the game ... Iím afraid it will be the end of
the world as we know it," Eugene Kaspersky told reporters at a cyber-
security conference in Tel Aviv.
"Iím scared, believe me," he said.
"Flame is extremely complicated but I think many countries can do the
same or very similar, even countries that donít have enough of the
expertise at the moment. They can employ engineers or kidnap them, or
employ ´hacktivists,´" Kaspersky argued.
"These ideas are spreading too fast," he added, "That cyber boomerang
may get back to you."
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told the conference that a more
comprehensive approach was necessary to deal with cyber threats and
it required cooperation on an international level.
"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
The defense minister all but admitted that Israel was extensively
involved in the development of cyber warfare technologies.
"We are preparing to be at the frontline of the worldwide cyber
battle, both in civil and security systems," he said.
News of the Flame virus surfaced last week. Researchers said
technical evidence suggests it was built for the same nation or
nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran´s
nuclear program in 2010.
In recent months US officials have become more open about the work of
the United States and Israel on Stuxnet, which targeted Iranís Natanz
nuclear enrichment facility.
The West suspects Iran is developing atomic weapons. Tehran denies
this and says it is enriching uranium only for civilian use.
Security experts say Flame is one of the most sophisticated pieces of
malicious software so far discovered. They are still investigating
the virus, which they believe was released specifically to infect
computers in Iran and across the Middle East.
Kaspersky named the United States, Britain, Israel, China, Russia and
possibly India, Japan and Romania as countries with the ability to
develop such software, but stopped short of saying which nation he
thought was behind Flame.
When asked whether Israel was part of the solution or part of the
problem regarding cyber war, Kaspersky said: ďBoth.Ē Reuters
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