Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Spymaster sees Israel as world cyberwar leader

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel is parlaying civilian technological advances into a cyberwarfare capability against its enemies, a senior Israeli general said on Tuesday in a rare public disclosure about the secret program.

Using computer networks for espionage -- by hacking into databanks -- or to carry out sabotage by planting so-called "malicious software" in sensitive control systems has been quietly weighed in Israel against regional enemies like Iran.

In a policy address, Major-General Amos Yadlin, chief of military intelligence, listed vulnerability to hacking among national threats that also included the Iranian nuclear project, Syria and Islamist guerrillas along the Jewish state's borders.

Yadlin said Israeli armed forces had the means to provide network security and launch cyber attacks of their own.

"I would like to point out in this esteemed forum that the cyberwarfare field fits well with the state of Israel's defense doctrine," he told the Institute for National Security Studies, a Tel Aviv University think tank.


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