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Israel Strikes Back at Iran in Cyberattack on Port Facilities

The Times of Israel is reporting that Israel and Iran have opened up a new front in the low-level war the two countries have been engaged in for the past few years. The front is being fought in cyberspace.

“The former head of Military Intelligence on Tuesday said a sophisticated cyberattack on an Iranian port last week appeared to be an Israeli retaliation to Tehran’s failed attempted hacking of Israel’s water companies last month, sending a message that Jerusalem could significantly harm Iran’s economy if attacks on Israeli civilian infrastructure continued.”

The Israeli cyber attack brought down the computer systems that controlled vehicle and ship traffic at the Shahid Rajaee port, causing massive backups. Shahid Rajaee is located on the Persian Gulf near the Straits of Hormuz. It handles 100 million tons of cargo each year. It is one of the main entry and exit points for Iran’s imports and exports.

By shutting down Shahid Rajaee, Israel demonstrated to Iran that it can cut that country off from the outside world at will. Iran’s economy is already suffering due to economic sanctions initiated by the United States as well as the rock bottom price of oil and gas, Iran’s main exports. If Israel or any other country decided to close Iran’s ports, either through cyberattacks or a more conventional naval blockade, that country’s economy would quickly collapse.

Iran has tried to take down Israel’s water distribution system, something that the Jewish state relies on for its survival. A complex system of pumps, pipelines, and desalination plants ensures that Israelis have enough water to live and to operate its agricultural sector. Fortunately, Iran’s cyberattack on Israel turned out to be ineffective. Otherwise, Israel would have found itself without a way to distribute water in an arid part of the world.

Israel has brought to cyberspace a tactic that has proven to be tried and true in the real world.

“This appears to indicate that Israel has adopted a tit-for-tat strategy in responding to Iranian cyber aggression — a tactic already used by the Israeli military with physical, or kinetic, attacks — as the digital realm becomes increasingly important in modern warfare.”

Since its founding, Israel has always responded to terrorist attacks, whether they involved armed fedayeen or suicide bombing or, more recently, rocket barrages, with airstrikes. The idea is that the air attacks would discourage terrorists based in Lebanon or the Gaza Strip by inflicting disproportionate damage. The strategy works, at least for a while.

Ironically, Iran tried to pull off its cyberattack on Israel’s water distribution system in retaliation for the Jewish state’s airstrikes on Iranian units in Syria. According to Reuters, Israel’s air campaign against Iranian and Iranian backed militias has met with considerable success, so much so that Iran has started to withdraw its units from Syria.

The hacking of the computers at the Shahid Rajaee port was not the first cyberattack conducted against Iran by any means. Several years ago, a computer worm called Stuxnet was introduced to a computer at one of Iran’s facilities where that country’s atomic bomb program is being conducted. The worm caused the centrifuges that were used to create bomb-grade uranium to spin out of control, eventually breaking them. The cyberattack is thought to have set back Iran’s atomic bomb program by years. Stuxnet is thought to have been a joint operation conducted by Israel and the United States.

The tit for tat cyberattacks between Israel and Iran illustrate that cyberspace is just another battle space between opponents. Much of the world is controlled by computer systems and are thus vulnerable to attack. Such attacks need to be warded off by sophisticated cybersecurity systems, much like the attack on Israel’s water distribution system was turned back.

As it turns out, power grids are a prime target for cyberterrorists. A cyberattack that takes down a power grid, especially in the middle of a hot summer or a cold winter, would cause widespread destruction and death. Cybersecurity experts, both in the military and in the private sector, are keeping awake at night devising means to ward off such attacks.

The stark truth of the matter is that the most important battles of the future are not going to be conducted on the battlefield, but in dimly lit rooms by people seated at consoles, wielding weapons that have no physical existence, but are potent all the same,

 

Comments (20)

  1. Those MUFFtis (sp. int.) apparently didn’t learn a thing from the Six Day War. Mess with the bull, ya get the horn!

    • If the US had not intervened Israel would be a lot bigger today! 🙂

      • MuSLIME NEVER LEARNS THEY HAVE MORE PEOPLE NOT WORKING AND USELESS TO BE USED AS CANNON FODDER AND THE LEADERS EXPLOIT THE IGNORANT. 15TH CENTURY THUGS WHO ARE ONLY BRAVE WHEN KILLING CHILDREN AND UNARMED OLD MEN.

      • Now ex-President Obama I just have to disagree.

  2. Good job, Israel! Israel knows how to handle Iranian cyber bullies.

    The pro-Iran, anti-Israel, anti-America factions inside the United States—like former president Obama, his top assistant and handler Valerie Jarrett, John Brennan, Hillary and her Saudi handler Huma Abedin of the Muslim Brotherhood and Sisterhood, and a host of other traitors—are undoubtedly at this very moment angry with Israel for kicking Iran’s cyber-aggressive backside, but American and Israeli patriots love it.

    God bless and protect Israel and America.
    Amen.

    • F#@! IRAN, they’re the biggest terrorists of them all. I hope Israel destroys them, wipes them off the map, without the USA stepping in!

      • I would wholeheartedly agree with you. Since the toilet paper shortage, I would invite you to use the Koran the way it was intended. I was told when I was 13 I was German-Jewish and Ameican Indian. I had no problem with that. I have always been a man that`s on time and a better hunter fisherman. The fighting has been going on for 5000 years. Don`t you think it`s about time? Finish it.,

    • I agree, Thank you for saying what you did. Just a few corrections. 1. Obama is an alias used by Berry Sorotto therefore Obama stole the White House for 8 years. He factually never was the President. And still must stand trial for all his crimes. Including High Treason. Therefore, he should be referred to as Berry Sorotto aka Obama. If one was to do the investigative leg work they would be surprised to find that everything involving the U.S. Israel, Irak, Iran, Libya, Afganistan, and much more can all be tied to the Clinton crime Clan. One would have to go back to President Carter, a pawn used by the Clinton crime Clan to gain the Presidency for the leader’s husband. None other than Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton (the notorious rapist, and child molester). It, of course, includes all the things you have mentioned.

  3. viva israel, america and israel are the greatest. we hope to destroy all oil wells in iran soon. and death to iran and there dictator.

  4. Oh boy. The Democratic Jewish people in the United States only want the total destruction of their race so they will be verbally opposing that darn Israel’s attempt to protect the Jewish race.

    • Your wrong, Israel isn’t just protecting the small population that practices the Jewish religion. They are protecting all of the tribe of Judah. This also includes people that are Christians. If you were to read the KJ Bible you would learn this. May GOD (YHVH) bless Israel both the Nation and the people Israel (U.S.A.)(Isa. 10:1-all)

  5. We need to dispose and remove this bunch of crooks bearded nazis in Iran cut the head of the sneak. Iranian people are a wonderful talented and peaceful living human being. The bearded sneaks kills everyday who opposes them, so the removing them has to come from outside, either Israel, or Israel and America. Soon as possible,

  6. JEWISH PEOPLE HAVE MADE MANY SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD.

    THE LORD GOD SAVED THEM FROM ENSLAVEMENT BY THE EGYPTIANS, LEADING THEM, IN THE CARE OF MOSES, TO A SPECIFIC HOMELAND. WHEN THE LORD HAS SPOKEN, IT WOULD BEHOOVE EVERYONE TO NOT EVEN THINK OF INTERFERING IN HIS DECISION.

    THE JEWISH PEOPLE DESERVE THEIR HOMELAND. OTHER TROUBLEMAKERS IN THE WORLD WAGING WARS/CONFLICTS AGAINST ISRAEL HAVE THEIR OWN HOMES. THEY DESERVE TO GET THE SHIT BEATEN OUT OF THEM…ONCE AND FOR ALL.

    TOO BAD WORLD LEADERS, APPARENTLY, DON’T READ THE WORD OF GOD. THEY COULD SAVE THEMSELVES A LOT OF MISERY BY READING GOD’S PROMISE THAT IT WON’T GO WELL FOR ANY NATION TAKING A STANCE AGAINST ISRAEL.

    ISRAEL COULD SAVE ITSELF A LOT OF TROUBLE ALSO BY UNDERSTANDING THAT JESUS IS THE LAMB OF GOD WHO GAVE HIS LIFE TO SAVE HUMANKIND FROM THE SLAVERY OF SIN. GOD BEING GOD, COULD PRODUCE A SON (JESUS) IF HE WANTS TO AS, “WITH GOD,ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”

    JESUS IS THE MESSIAH…HE ALREADY CAME. THE JEWISH ARE WASTING TIME WAITING FOR HIM.

    YAWEH, JESUS, THE HOLY SPIRIT ARE THREE PERSONS WITHIN ONE GOD. TO DENY JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS TO DENY YAWEH.

    THERE IS ONLY ONE UNFORGIVEABLE SIN….”BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT”…..TRANSLATED…..”DENYING GOD.”

    I PRAY FOR PRES. TRUMP AND P. M. NETANYAHU DAILY, FOR WORLD PEACE AND THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM.

    • The Jews are not The Israel of the Bible and haven’t been for2,700 years the 10 Lost Tribes are and the Jews are Judea (1 Kings). We have been lied too! Read what Jesus thinks of them in Revelation 2:9 & 3:9, their fate at Zachariah chapter 13. Judgement Day is here see Revelation chapter 12 begins with an astrological date of 9/23/18. Our election is,I believe at Zachariah 2:7,8, see also Isaiah 13:9 then on to Jeremiah 49:23- chapter 51 for Iran and America. Might want to look at John 3:3! The Jews wrote most all the Bible, except for Luke who was a Greek, if they would read the Old Testament they would find Jesus foretold as the Lamb of God! He did however come for The Lost 10 Tribes, not the Jews who are made up of other groups like Cannanites, Edomites, & Kahzars & Ashkenazi who none are Hebrews!

  7. The USA should help with the effort by A) sinking all iranian ships, military and otherwise.. B) dropping bunker busters on the nuke underground labs. C) take out their power generation and high tension routes.. D) destroy ALL military installations and hardware.. E) then go on TB and have Trump tell the multi colored mooo mooo wearing aholes at the UN that it was an “accident” and that we are sending a ship or two of aid… next stop… N Korea.. bye bye kimi…

    • These Iranian tankers loaded with fuel for the thieving Venezuelan Communist goverment is a tour de force against the USA by both disgraceful regimes, betting the USA will blink the first due to the intervention of the New York whorehouse known as UN and the EU PIMPS on “humanitarian reasons”, sweeping conveniently under the rug that this infamous regime has been shamelessly extorting its people at the tune of FOUR AMERICAN DOLLARS (US$4.oo) A
      LITRE, MAKING THE US GALLON (3.785 litres) US$15.14…!!!!!!!

  8. The Shah was a friend of Israel and the USA but the imbecile without the brains’to be a plain idiot JIMMY WHO was, saw fit to pull the rug esfrom under the Shah’s feet when his people, blinded by religious stupidity, brought Khomeini and his murderous theocracy and then saw their youth
    sacrificed uselessly in its war against Saddam Husssein’s army, the same one that didn’t last half an hour when fighing America at Desert Storm….
    to Better pray for the moment the fanatic BEASTS ruling you decide to
    declare war on USA and Israel, allowing you to regain self governmet and
    never again by a stupid THEOCFRACY N PLAIN TWENTYETH CENTURY

  9. the jewish people are not a race.either is islam christian,s that is a religon. you are a igront mf.

  10. VIVA TO THE ISRAELI’S AND THE UNITED STATES AND TO IRAN AND SAUDI ARABIA DROP DEAD SOON. IM ALL FOR BLOWING UP THE OIL WELLS BELONGING TO THESE 2 INFADELS..

  11. Israel has had this technological ability for a long time, and the mullahs clearly demonstrate their stupidity in their provocations.
    The educated Iranian population doubtless would step away from the extremists of Islamic persuasion given the clear opportunity – the more the ranting mullahs provoke the sane world with their pathetic garbage the less support they can rely on within Iran.
    One day their “Countdown Clock” will indeed hit “Zero Hour” and the forecast nuclear glaciated Tehran will become just another shiny radioactive spot for camels to eventually roam – perhaps a better use than todays’.
    “Vengeance” belongs rightly to God, but perhaps expediting these suicidal mullahs appearance for Judgement before Him will be forgiven under the circumstances ?

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