Netanyahu accuses Iran of ‘non-stop’ cyber attacks

Israeli Prime Minister confirms US-Israel partnership


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Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's Prime Minister, has accused Iran and its allies Hezbollah and Hamas of carrying out continued cyber attacks on major computer systems in his country.

According to Netanyahu, these regions are targeting Israel's "essential systems,” such as water system, electric grid, trains and banks.

"Every sphere of civilian economic life, let's not even talk about our security, is a potential or actual cyberattack target," Netanyahu explained and added that the attacks "will continue to intensify as we advance into the digital age."

"In the past few months, we have identified a significant increase in the scope of cyber attacks on Israel by Iran. These attacks are carried out directly by Iran and through its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah," he said during a conference on cyber warfare in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu also stated that society only hears about “a few” of the “non-stop” cyber attacks, because “we thwart most of them.”

In addition, the Israeli president confirmed that his country is working together with the US. "Cyber warfare is an international problem," he said. "An isolated international response will not do the work. To a certain extent this is similar to the war on terror. Countries work against terrorism and they must cooperate in order to yield better results."

Israel and Barack Obama's government were widely believed to be behind big cyber attacks against Iranian nuclear programmes. Despite Israel considers Iran to be its most dangerous enemy, Netanyahu's country was the first one to develop, along with the US, the malware Flame in order to slow Iran's nuclear plans.

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