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Israel: We are in a new era of cyber warfare

Israel’s National Cyber Directorate chief, Yigal Unna: The cyber attack on our water systems, is a turning point. We are in a new era of cyber warfare

The cyber attack against Israel’s water systems is a turning point in the history of the modern cyber warfare. It has been denounced by National Cyber Directorate chief Yigal Unna at a Cybertech conference. According Arutz Sheva, on the recent attack against the water systems a month ago he did not mention Iran, but said the perpetrator was “not a cybercrime group but a state actor. The word ‘speed’ is not enough to describe the hectic pace at which things are happening in cyberspace,” he explained. “We will remember last month as a turning point in the history of modern cyber wars. The attempt to attack Israel was coordinated and organized with the aim of damaging our humanitarian water system. If the attack had been successful, in the midst of the corona crisis we would have had to deal with a certain damage to the civilian population and even temporary water shortages, or a mix of chlorine or other chemicals at the wrong dosages that could have caused damage and disaster.”

Cyber warfare and attacks could be aimed at humanitarian purposes. in the aggression against the water systems, all lines were crossed and they may be crossed even more in the future

Unman added that”We are now preparing for the next stage that will eventually come. I fear this is just a sign of a new era in which cyber attacks are aimed at humanitarian purposes. If we thought there were lines that could not be crossed, then in this case all lines were crossed and may be crossed even more in the future. There seem to be new rules of cyber warfare – he underlined -. It can be cyber against cyber, or kinetic against cyber – and everything will build up to warfare aimed at harming civilians. Countries need to consider what is considered critical infrastructure and what the diamonds in the crown of the cyber realm of every country, for which they will deal with cyber defense, are, and manage the risks with the important systems that are not defined are critical,” Israel National Cyber Directorate chief concluded.

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