The escalation in the violence and Operation Protective Edge also marks escalations in cyber activity. According to the international cyber conference of Yuval Neeman workshop in Tel Aviv University, the number of cyber attacks on Israel and on Israeli institutions has grown tenfold.
“Regularly, we face about 100,000 cyber attacks daily, but these days the daily number is more than a million”, says prof. major-general (ret) Yitzhak Ben-Israel, chairman of the International Cyber conference and of the cyber center in TA University, “the attacks come not only from Hamas – which operates hacker units but their cyber system is not developed yet – but also from hackers and terrorists from all over the Arab and Muslim world.”
Ben Israel stresses that “a million attacks daily is only the number of the attacks that we know about, which are mostly attacks on government and public institutions and big companies. We have no way to know If a terrorist or a hacker is breaking through into a private computer.
“people think that cyber attacks are hurting only internet sites and information. But this are only the light attacks. The main effort in cyber wars is directed at physical facilities. Trains, for example, are driving automatically, and should a computer virus get into the computer of the railway company, it can cause a deadly accident”.
Ben Israel gives an example of such an attack: in 2012, the “Electronic Syrian Army” of the Assad regime, entered the watering system of a Kibbutz in northern Israel and stopped its work. He concluded that “we got a massage that said that the ESA stopped the whole water system of Haifa. The good news were that the massage was wrong. The bad news where that there was a real successful cyber attack on the Kibbutz.”