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Netanyahu: Iran Increases Cyberattacks on Israel Computers

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Sunday, 09 Jun 2013 12:34 PM

TEL AVIV, Israel — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and its Palestinian and Lebanese allies on Sunday of carrying out "non-stop" cyberattacks on major computer systems in his country.

He gave no details on the number of attacks 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 cyberattacks on Israel by Iran. These attacks are carried out directly by Iran and through its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah," he told a conference on cyberwarfare in his country's commercial hub Tel Aviv.

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"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.

Israel and the United States are widely believed to be behind a series of cyberattacks in recent years against an Iranian nuclear program they say is aimed at developing nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear activities are peaceful.

Two months ago, Israel said it weathered a pro-Palestinian cyber attack campaign against government websites. Israeli officials said those attacks briefly disrupted several sites and security protocols were updated in response.

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