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February 18, 2016       Share:    

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4767429,00.html

IDF to Defend Against Cyber Attacks on Vital Infrastructure

(Ynet News) Yoav Zitun - The IDF's new cyber security division is comprised of eight special cyber units whose responsibilities will be to defend against cyber attacks on vital Israeli infrastructure such as water, electricity, banking, cellular networks, and more. Recent large cyber attacks carried out in the past three months include the collapse of the internet in Turkey for 20 hours, which came on top of a three-month attack on Turkish banks. Another cyber attack led to the collapse of a third of Ukraine's electrical grid for three weeks last Christmas, and the main airport in Kiev was shut down for two days. "Cyber attacks have turned into a legitimate weapon of war," an IDF officer said.

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