Major Israeli Cyber security provider targeted in sophisticated hack

The Israeli regime has always prided itself in being the home of the latest cyber technology boasting about its capabilities in both aggressive and defensive cyber warfare. However, it seems that the regime has counted its eggs a little too early, as a sophisticated hack has shown the real side of Israeli cyber security.

The hack, which appears to have taken place over a period of months, appears to be from a source known as Pay2Key, with the hackers deploying a form of highly sophisticated ransomware designed to extract high quantities of information from its target, as well as demanding 100,000 pounds in bitcoins to stop leaks going public.

It seems that the hack targeted a cyber security company by the name of Portnox, which itself appears to be a major provider of cybersecurity to multiple Israeli regime concerns, including the Israeli Aerospace Industry, El Al,  Bezeq and Clalit Healthcare, many of which have direct links to the Israeli government, and defence systems.

Evidence also suggests that much of the information which is threatening to be leaked contains secret information about various Israeli defence networks and companies, which although not apparent what exact details are involved, could see highly classified and sensitive Israeli secrets flooded into the public domain.

Baseless accusations

A spokesman for another Israeli cyber security company ClearSky announced that the damage done by the hackers has caused significant damage to the Israeli regime, and has pointed the finger of blame at Iran as the origin of the attack, raising the question of what gives Israel the right to put the onus on Iran.

The Israeli regime has itself carried out such cyber attacks in the past, including of course the famous Stuxnet attack, which targeted Iran’s peaceful civilian nuclear programme.

Even if the Iranians were responsible for this latest cyber attack, and indeed the Israeli press has not ascertained culpability yet and so it said clearly that it can’t determine whether or not the Iranians were involved, but even if Iranians were involved in this latest cyber attack, Israel would be in no position to complain about it. Having taken the cyber gloves off, if you will, by initiating cyber war directly against Iran in 2009 and 10 with the Stuxnet sabotage cyber campaign. This was a campaign of the United States and Israel under the codename operation Olympic Games which was designed to destroy elements of Iran’s civilian nuclear energy programme.

David Yaghoubian, Professor of History, CSU San Bernardino

The finger of blame is being pointed at Iran yet again, this time by the Israeli regime. Earlier this month, the US also pointed towards Iran through a series of acts that were alleged to have breached US voting systems.

But it seems that Israel is no stranger to cyber attacks themselves with instances predating the Pay2Key attack. Earlier this year, more than 1000 Israeli websites were hacked, with images of Tel Aviv in flames warning Israel that the countdown to destruction had begun.

With an ever increasing host of enemies due to its hostile actions around the world, from the displacement of people in Palestine, to the participation in acts of state sponsored terrorism, Tel Aviv is bound to be on the radar of multiple hackers from various unknown locations.

Such attacks show that the Israeli regime is both ill equipped to deal with attacks and too hasty in claiming to be a world leader in security related issues. Israel has evidently lost its place at the top of the charts when it comes to cyber, and electronic technology.

I believe that this latest hack demonstrates that truly all systems are vulnerable to potential cyber attack and considering the fact that Israel prides itself so much on its high technology and its cybersecurity this just proves that even the Israeli cybersecurity can be broken and and so this raises the question why play with fire, especially when fire will be fought with fire?

David Yaghoubian, Professor of History, CSU San Bernardino

There’s no doubt that the hack is a huge embarrassment for the Israeli regime. Full details of the information obtained is yet to be revealed by the hackers, but is similar in nature to a recent hack on US bodies which the US alleged originated from Russia.

With so many allegations flying around the priority now for the Israeli regime is to hope that the information obtained does not fall into the public domain and further shame the regime that appears to have no shame.

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