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Despite the recent spate of cyber attacks on Israeli websites, Israel was named
as one of the three most cyber secure countries in the world in a recent study,
according to a report by the Financial Times on Monday.
According to the
study, published by the Brussels-based Security and Defense Agenda think tank,
Israel, Finland and Sweden had the best Internet defenses around their public
and private websites.
Israeli websites are attacked 1,000 times a minute
on the Internet, the study said, noting that national strategies for web
defenses have been drawn up and implemented.
In recent weeks, Arab
hackers have struck a range of private and public Israeli sites, using mostly
DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, which take sites offline but do no
damage to servers.
On occasions, government-run sites that provide
information to the public – such as the Fire and Rescue Service and Anti- Drug
Authority sites – were hacked and their homepages defaced with anti-Israel
This month, the National Cyber Defense Authority was officially
Operating under the Prime Minister’s Office, the Authority is
tasked with coordinating Internet defenses for Israeli websites.
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