Israel could be target of imminent cyberattack, PM’s office warns

National Cyber Authority instructs government agencies, security officials to prepare for ‘any possible scenario’

Israel could be the target of a wide-scale cyberattack, the National Cyber Authority in the Prime Minister’s Office warned Thursday.

Government ministries and security agencies were alerted to look for any changes in their computer systems, and security officials were instructed to prepare for “any possible scenario,” the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The warning went into effect immediately and includes computer systems and cellular phones, according to the report.

In the last two years Israel was targeted by a number of cyberattacks. Officials estimated hackers affiliated with Hezbollah and the Iranian government were behind the infiltration attempts.

In April, hackers from the Anonymous hacking group defaced dozens of Israeli websites in what it warned would be an “electronic holocaust.” Dubbed OpIsrael, the anti-Israel hackers targeted websites of the Israeli government and organizations, Facebook pages and gained access to personal emails. The annual attacks have thus far not caused disruption of Internet services in Israel, and failed to bring down any major governmental websites.

Full article: Israel could be target of imminent cyberattack, PM’s office warns (The Times of Israel)

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