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Cyber Authority thwarts massive attack on Israel

A company posing as a legitimate organization attacks about 210 other organizations, government ministries, public bodies, and private individuals, in a large-scale attempted strike on the Israeli economy.

The National Cyber Authority (NCA) has blocked a massive cyber attack on Israeli businesses and infrastructure in recent days, the authority said on Wednesday.



In a press release, the authority said that there have been recent indications of attempts to mount a large-scale cyber attack in an effort to hurt the Israeli economy.


National Cyber Authority (Photo: TPS) (Photo: TPS)
National Cyber Authority (Photo: TPS)


According to the authority, the attacker posed online as a legitimate organization, sending emails in the name of that organization while simultaneously trying to attack about 210 other organizations, government ministries, public bodies, and private individuals. He also falsified security certificates.


"We are positive that we have succeeded in thwarting the attack very well," said Alberto (Deto) Hasson, CERT director in the NCA. "We've carried out a serious investigation over the past weekend. We know with very high certainty who was attacked and how."


Hasson further added that "this was a massive attack, one of the largest we have witnessed. Its intention was to take control of companies' computers. Once that happens, whoever controls it can do as he pleases."


In response to the attack, the NCA said it will publish instructions for individuals, businesses, and government ministries to protect themselves against technology attacks.


In addition, the NCA is taking further action to include publishing recommendations for the private sector, which will be available on the NCA’s home page.


Article reprinted with permission by TPS .


פרסום ראשון: 04.26.17, 14:46
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