Cyber Attack, Real World Response

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Cyber Attack, Real World Response

Cyber attacks have real world con­se­quences to those attacked, Now Israel has given Gaza cyber attack­ers a taste of real word consequences:

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has launched a phys­i­cal attack on Hamas in imme­di­ate response to an alleged cyber-​assault. The IDF hit a build­ing in the Gaza Strip with an airstrike after claim­ing the site had been used by Hamas cyber oper­a­tives to attack Israel’s cyber space.
The IDF claimed it stopped the attack online before launch­ing its airstrike on Hamas. It claims it has now wiped out Hamas’ cyber oper­a­tional capa­bil­i­ties.
Israel Defense Forces said
via Twit­ter: “We thwarted an attempted Hamas cyber offen­sive against Israeli tar­gets. Fol­low­ing our suc­cess­ful cyber defen­sive oper­a­tion, we tar­geted a build­ing where the Hamas cyber oper­a­tives work. HamasCyberHQ.exe has been removed.”

Robert Spencer has this to say:

I bet Hamas is cry­ing “foul”, they never saw that com­ing, it’s been con­ven­tion to counter Cyber Attacks with fur­ther Cyber Attacks, but there are no rules, and to be hon­est Hamas would have no online infra­struc­ture to attack back any­way, there’s not exactly some high tech net­work around their major indus­tries of rocket and tun­nel build­ing, and it’s not in the Israeli nature to start attack­ing any civil­ian infra­struc­ture intentionally.

For some odd rea­son I sus­pect that Twit­ter, face­book and google will not be ban­ning the IDF’s account any­time soon.



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Cyber attacks have real world consequences to those attacked, Now Israel has given Gaza cyber attackers a taste of real word consequences:

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has launched a physical attack on Hamas in immediate response to an alleged cyber-assault. The IDF hit a building in the Gaza Strip with an airstrike after claiming the site had been used by Hamas cyber operatives to attack Israel’s cyber space.
The IDF claimed it stopped the attack online before launching its airstrike on Hamas. It claims it has now wiped out Hamas’ cyber operational capabilities.
Israel Defense Forces said 
via Twitter: “We thwarted an attempted Hamas cyber offensive against Israeli targets. Following our successful cyber defensive operation, we targeted a building where the Hamas cyber operatives work. HamasCyberHQ.exe has been removed.”

Robert Spencer has this to say:

I bet Hamas is crying “foul”, they never saw that coming, it’s been convention to counter Cyber Attacks with further Cyber Attacks, but there are no rules, and to be honest Hamas would have no online infrastructure to attack back anyway, there’s not exactly some high tech network around their major industries of rocket and tunnel building, and it’s not in the Israeli nature to start attacking any civilian infrastructure intentionally.

For some odd reason I suspect that Twitter, facebook and google will not be banning the IDF’s account anytime soon.


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