Iranian hackers came worryingly close to Israel’s missile warning system, sending the military scrambling to protect alerts from being compromised, its top cyber defense chief said.
After detecting the hackers in 2017 and monitoring them to discern their intent, the military blocked them when it became clear what their target was, said Brigadier General Noam Shaar, outgoing head of the cyber defense division in the army’s Cyber Defense Directorate.
“We dealt with them and built another barrier and another monitoring system to make sure we could stop them if they tried again,” Shaar said. He called the Islamic Republic’s cyber offensives the most disturbing trend in cyberspace today, and urged international sanctions similar to those on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
“We can’t wait until Iranian cyber becomes a major, major threat,” said Shaar, who has been involved in developing Israel’s cyber defense operations for the past 20 years.
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