Syrian Web activists loyal to the regime of President Bashar Assad launched a
failed cyber attack on Haifa’s water supply system, a senior scientist and Web
expert revealed on Saturday.
Prof. Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, chairman of the
National Council for Research and Development, said that members of the Syrian
Electronic Army tried to damage computers controlling the water system this
month, in response to air strikes on targets in Damascus, attributed by foreign
sources to Israel.
Ben-Yisrael established the National Cyber Bureau
within the Prime Minister’s Office, and was speaking at an event in Beersheba on
He said that every minute, hundreds of online attacks occur on
critical national infrastructure networks, such as electricity, the train system
and the stock market.
The professor cited the Kaspersky Web security
company as saying that every day sees the introduction of 200,000 new computer
Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav crititized what he said was a lack of
communications between the defense community and his municipality, after finding
out about the cyber attack from media reports.
He told Israel Radio that
he had not been aware of the attempted attack on the northern city’s water
Yahav added that he was only told about the Israel Air Force’s
downing of its own drone off the coast of Haifa, which occurred earlier this
month following a technical fault, eight hours after the incident.