'Israel among top 3 in cyber attack defense'

Brussels-based think tank study finds Israeli websites attacked 1,000 times a minute on the Internet.

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January 30, 2012 19:14
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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.

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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 rhetoric.

This month, the National Cyber Defense Authority was officially launched.

Operating under the Prime Minister’s Office, the Authority is tasked with coordinating Internet defenses for Israeli websites.

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Other countries that fared well in the study were France, Germany, and the UK, the Financial Times reported.

India, Mexico and Brazil scored poorly in the report.

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