IDF army networks not compromised after hacking, says Israel

According to a report by Reuters on Friday (April has 17, 2015) the computer network of Israel’s army was infiltrated by the Arabic-world hackers, whereas, officials of Israeli military has denied all the reports of IDF computers being compromises.

Yesterday, reports of IDF army computer network’s infiltration hit the Internet like crazy, but officials from the Israeli military has completely denied that so-called Arab hackers were able to compromise network of IDF by infecting its computers via emails attachments containing malicious spyware but pretending to contain breaking military news highlights. Some of the emails were said to probably have video attachments with “Girls of the Israel Defense Forces” as their title. The email attachments actually believed to have backdoor software in them that allowed hackers get through IDF computer network.

Discovery of the IDF breach is believed to be put into lights by a cyber-security company named, Blue Coat. The official statement of the security firm after discovering such breach was, “as regional conflicts continue, cyber threats from groups of various skill levels will also accompany the conventional armed conflicts.”

What the company revealed is quite shocking, as according to their discovery, the attack wasn’t too sophisticated but the hackers managed to keep hacking the IDF for four months without anyone knowing about them. Blue Coat also revealed that the default language used by hackers in one of the backdoor tools used was Arabic. It is believed that the hackers used existing code out of a different virus all together to engage in this long (as it continued for four-month) hacking incident.

Now, even Israel denies the hacking – it’s not the very first time that the institutions of Israel got hacked.

INSS (Institute for National Security Studies) stated, for the last 7 years, AnonGhost has had launched cyberattacks against Israeli targets – interestingly, every single attack was launched on 7th of April every time. However, it is believe that the offensive being threatened by it for current year was potentially so much damaging. And just because of the potential of damage it holds made it dubbed as an “electronic-Holocaust.”

According to Institute for National Security Studies, “the hackers are mostly Muslims from Syria, Morocco, Gaza and other countries in our region. As a group they generally oppose the establishment and are influenced by various radical Islamist and terrorist movements, who also drive them towards attacking Israel.”

INSS Head, Gabi Siboni added, “The terror challenges facing Israel and the West are not only physical, but cyber as well. Israel is confronting these threats from Shiite Hezbollah and from Sunni Hamas on a daily basis. They are sophisticated and becoming more so,”

Sooner or later, more Western countries are likely to face the cyber terrorism – Siboni added further!

An Arab-speaking advanced hacking group called Desert Falcons mainly targeting military, media, activist computers and government was identified by Kaspersky Lab, just recently in February. On subject, the Israel denying IDF network’s hack can obviously be ‘honest statement’ but we should not forget that Arab hackers probably are after them – so, who knows…

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IDF army networks not compromised after hacking, says Israel

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