Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a cyber warfare conference in Tel Aviv that hackers from Iran and its Middle Eastern allies have consistently attacked his nation’s computer systems, Reuters reported Sunday.
Jeffrey Heller writes that Netanyahu said the attacks also targeted Israeli banks, power companies and water utilities.
“In the past few months, we have identified a significant increase in the scope of cyber attacks on Israel by Iran,” Netanyahu told an audience at a cyberwarfare conference.
“These attacks are carried out directly by Iran and through its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah,” he added.
The Israeli government developed a directorate in 2011 aimed to prevent disruption of cyber systems in the country.
Officials said it previously acted on a pro-Palestinian campaign against Israel’s government sites.