(JNS.org) 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.
“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.