Barak: Israel working to become global cyber leader

June 6, 2012 16:13


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Israel is striving to become a world leader in the development of cyber capabilities, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday just days after the IDF revealed that it uses cyber space to conduct offensive military operations.

As reported on Sunday in The Jerusalem Post, the IDF revealed that its Operations Directorate recently drafted a document describing and defining the purpose and use of cyberwarfare for the Israeli military.

In the document, the military officially admitted to engaging in cyberwarfare for offensive purposes. The admission came a week after the “Flame” virus was discovered to have attacked Iran, widely presumed to have been developed by Israel.

“Israel is working to be a world leader in cyber capabilities – in the defense establishment and in the civil sector,” Barak said at conference on cyberwarfare at Tel Aviv University. He said that Military Intelligence was responsible for the military’s cyber capabilities.

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