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Senior IDF Officer Says Military Has Thwarted ‘Dozens’ of Iranian Cyberattacks

An Israeli soldier of the C4I Corps works at a computer, in an undated photo published by the military on September 21, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
An Israeli soldier of the C4I Corps works at a computer, in an undated photo published by the military on September 21, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

A senior Israel Defense Forces officer said Wednesday that the military has foiled dozens of attempted Iranian cyberattacks — mostly on Israeli civilian infrastructure — over the past year.

Israel and Iran have been engaged for years in a largely clandestine cyberwar that occasionally bubbles to the surface. Israeli officials accused Iran of attempting to hack Israel’s water system in 2020, while Iran has also blamed Israel for cyberattacks on the country’s infrastructure.

“In the past year, the IDF thwarted dozens of Iranian cyberattack attempts. In recent years, the friction between Israel and its enemies has intensified,” the officer said, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity.

The military identified an increase of some 70 percent in Iranian cyberattacks against Israel in the past year.

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