Cyberattacks against Israel by Iran and its proxies on the rise, Netanyahu says

( Cyberattacks against Israel perpetrated “directly by Iran and its proxies—Hezbollah and Hamas” are on the rise, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the annual international cybersecurity conference at Tel Aviv University.

Cyberattacks Israel by Iran and its proxies are on the rise, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) said Sunday. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

“The attacks will increase in intensity and in quantity,” Netanyahu said, according to Israel Hayom. “Cyberwarfare is an integral part of today’s battlefield. This is not the warfare of the future; this is the warfare of the here and now.”

Dr. Eviatar Matania, head of the Israel National Cyber Bureau, said his bureau is “spearheading extensive work on advancing national cybernetic defense and suitable national preparation, which will soon be submitted to the cabinet for approval.”

The cyberattacks have targeted Israel’s water system, electric grid, and trains and banks, Netanyahu said.

“Every sphere of civilian economic life, let’s not even talk about our security, is a potential or actual target for a cyberattack,” he said.

Posted on June 10, 2013 .