Iron Dome Companies Shoot Down Hacking Claim

YERUSHALAYIM -

Israel Aerospace Industries dismissed on Thursday claims that Chinese hackers had stolen highly sensitive files from Iron Dome and other defense systems, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“The information reported regarding the leakage of sensitive information is incorrect. The publications refer to an attempt to penetrate the company’s civilian non-classified internet network, which allegedly occurred several years ago. IAI’s cyber security systems operate in accordance with the most rigorous requirements and also, in this case, they were proven to be effective,” the company said Tuesday.

Comment Crew, a Chinese hacking group, penetrated IAI and two other Israeli defense tech firms — Elisra Group Rafael Advanced Defense Systems — in a series of attacks in 2011 and 2012, Joseph Drissel, chief executive of Cyber Engineering Services (CyberESI), said Tuesday.

Other principals in the affair are keeping a low profile. An official at Rafael, who declined to be identified by name, said of the report: “Rafael does not recall such an incident. Rafael’s databases, including its air defense databases, are extremely well protected.”

Chinese officials were not immediately available for comment.