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Iran Announces: We Have Carried Out Successful Cyber-Attacks Against Israel

At the end of last month, we shared about power outages in several cities in Israel.

Contrary to the Israel Electric Company (IEC) statements and the Israeli National Cyber Directorate, Iran claims that an Iranian cyber-attack caused the power outages in Israel on the night of October 30.

Additional Iranian cyber-attacks have been carried out against water supply infrastructure in Israel. Are Iran's cyber capabilities rising?

The Iranian academician Rahim Madhuifur, said in a television interview that the cyber-attack on Israel's IEC on October 30 this year was carried out by the Iranian cyber force, which managed to shut down the electricity in Israeli cities for few hours. Madhaipur spoke about two more cyber-attacks on Israeli critical state infrastructures, one in early 2020 on water desalination facilities and in April on water infrastructure, an attack that resulted in high chlorine percentage in the water system.

According to the Iranian academician, the Iranian cyber force, operating under the Revolutionary Guards, has advanced cyber-attack capabilities. Recent attacks on Israel's state infrastructure prove its advanced capabilities in general and disabling the State of Israel's national infrastructure through cyber-attacks in particular.

The publication of the cyber-attacks reveals only a small tap from the cyber-campaign going on between the two countries for several years.

The cyber-domain campaign allows both sides to wage a covert campaign, relatively cheap in cost and human life, and to achieve political, economic, intelligence, intelligence gathering, and military achievements, sometimes without the attacking party recognizing it is under attack, and often without the attacker's identity being revealed.

Israel and Iran are developing advanced attack tools, but it will be difficult to match and compare the two countries' attack capabilities, as naturally, the development of capabilities and the developments are kept in the dark.

At the same time, recent attacks indicate, on the one hand, Iran's advanced intelligence-gathering capabilities in cyberspace, and on the other hand, demonstrate advanced attack capabilities, enabling not only disabling information systems but also capabilities in disabling and shutting down real-time systems and critical national infrastructures, such as control and operation systems of water, energy, healthcare systems, transportation and more.

Both sides' cyber-attack capabilities will continue to evolve and advance significantly, combining advanced cyber capabilities against national infrastructures, military targets, and other civilian and business objectives.

It is expected that the common cyber-attacks between Iran and Israel will continue regularly to create mutual deterrence and achieve military, political, economic, and other achievements, without the need to mobilize troops and declare war.

In this situation, the Israeli National Cyber Directorate is required to step up its efforts to protect national infrastructure to ensure the continuity of the economy and national infrastructure even in an emergency.

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