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Hackers attack Israeli defense ministry computers
Published Monday 27/01/2014 (updated) 30/01/2014 14:32
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An Israeli soldier stands near pictures of former Israeli defense
ministers at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.(AFP/File Mark Wilson)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the defense ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli data protection expert said on Monday.

"At the beginning of this month a number of mails were sent to a number of companies in Israel, including security organizations," Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Israeli cyber security firm Seculert told army radio.

"There was an attachment... and whoever opened it was infected with a virus, a Trojan Horse, which allowed the attackers to control those computers. One of the computers belonged to the Civil Administration," he said in reference to the defense ministry department, which is staffed by the military.

Asked to comment on the report, the military said in a written statement to AFP: "The reports of the incident are currently being looked into."

Raff did not identify the source of the attack but the radio said it was "apparently from Gaza" and added that 15 Israeli computers were targeted.

It said that only the Civil Administration's public network was affected and that no classified communications were compromised.

Raff said that the virus allowed the attacker "complete control of the infected computers. The attackers could carry out any operation within that network."

"The moment that we detected it we cancelled the hackers' control and notified the relevant authorities," he added.

Israeli politicians and security officials often warn of the dangers of hacking and say they have thwarted numerous attempted attacks.
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1 ) Lina / Ukraine
27/01/2014 12:15
Awww such horrendous news! Someone 'occupied' Israeli computers!

2 ) Rachamim Dwek / Israel
28/01/2014 20:48
Like so many Palestinian claims this one is utter fantasy, concocted by an Israeli IT firm owner trying to gain free publicity. He actually claimed though that it originated in the US, not Gaza so Ma'an even mangled that part. Oh, and Lina from the Ukraine? When the daily wage in your nation breaks $6 please wake me. Thanks dear.

3 ) Robert / US
29/01/2014 05:18
Good hack them all and crush an illegal occupation & apartheid !!!. No more US DOLLARS FOR TERRORISTS. .

4 ) Robert / US
29/01/2014 22:55
Get off my welfare tax-dollars !!!!!

5 ) @ #3 Robert / US
29/01/2014 23:53
I love watching Americans squirm over the fact that some of their tax money goes to Israel !
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