Israel Under Non-Stop Cyber Attack

TEL AVIV (Reuters) -

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu accused Iran and its Hamas and Hizbullah allies on Sunday of carrying out “non-stop” cyber attacks on major computer systems in Israel.

He gave no details on the number of attacks that have taken place but said “vital national systems” had been targeted. Water, power and banking sites were also under threat, he added.

“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 Hizbullah,” he told a conference on cyber warfare in Tel Aviv.

“Despite the non-stop attacks on us, you hear only about a few of them because we thwart most of them,” he added.

Netanyahu established a national cyber directorate in 2011 charged with protecting Israel’s computer systems from disruption.