First Physical Retaliation for a Cyberattack

Type schneier
Reporter Bruce Schneier
Modified 2019-05-07T02:32:48


Israel has acknowledged that its recent airstrikes against Hamas were a real-time response to an ongoing cyberattack. From Twitter:

> CLEARED FOR RELEASE: 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. > > ­Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 5, 2019

I expect this sort of thing to happen more -- not against major countries, but by larger countries against smaller powers. Cyberattacks are too much of a nation-state equalizer otherwise.

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