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IDF Hackers Test Readiness In Israel For Cyberattacks 61

Posted by timothy
from the like-everywhere-else-but-different dept.
cold fjord points out a profile in Al-Monitor of Israel's cyber-defense group, formed to test the country's defenses to electronic warfare and information theft. Groups, really, since it's run blue-vs-red style, with constant scenario preparation and intrusion attempts. The two (anonymized) leaders of the Blue and Red teams talk about the mind-set and skills that it takes to be in their unit, which they point out is not the place for soda and pizza hijinks. Says "Capt. A": "We are constantly preparing for the next war or the next drill. And in between, we may have some fun dissecting the system and drawing conclusions together. The idea is to instruct the monitoring bodies, [and] to make them understand what they should look for and how to respond."
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IDF Hackers Test Readiness In Israel For Cyberattacks

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  • Offense and defense.
  • In other words (Score:2, Insightful)

    by fustakrakich (1673220)

    They're spying on us again, not that they ever stopped. This isn't a 'drill'. It's thinly disguised espionage. But, since we're 'on the same side', it's all okay.

    • Re:In other words (Score:5, Insightful)

      by gtall (79522) on Sunday September 22, 2013 @04:02PM (#44919295)

      Jeezes, you have a depth of -1mm. Spying serves a very useful function. It prevents surprises. It was put to good use during the Cold War. The Soviet Union could see what the U.S. was doing and visa versa. It prevent stupid things from happening based on no information or false information. Who cares if Israel spies on the U.S. The U.S. spies on Israel. It helps both side calibrate their actions.

      • ..to spy on anyone, including US citizens, information about which the NSA has been caught read handed giving, wholesale and unredacted, to israel. You're ok with this? My, aren't you trusting.
        • by Shavano (2541114)

          The US government definitely DOES NOT trust Israel and most especially not its spy agency. Otherwise, why do you think Jonathan Pollard is in prison? Why was Lawrence Franklin charged with espionage?

          • by Mashiki (184564)

            Correction: The US government doesn't like it when spies catch them doing something that they shouldn't be doing. In which case they go after said spies. After all, when you know who the spy is, sometimes it's useful to just feed them a bit.

          • ...why do you think Jonathan Pollard is in prison?

            He was sloppy. He damn near exposed the operation.

      • by Shavano (2541114)

        The U.S. government cares. Every government also has an interest in controlling what other governments know about what they are doing and thinking.

      • I don't give a damn what governments do to each other. They all bicker with each other, and we are in the crossfire. The problem is that governments conduct their espionage against the citizens. When I said us, I meant us.. This is the "cold war" we are living in now.

    • by Shavano (2541114)

      I'll take their word for it that they and every other sigint agency around the world ALSO do intrusion drills against their own systems to see how well they work at foiling external adversaries, such as China, Russia, France, Germany, Great Britain and the USA, and whether they can tell anything about what's hidden in the systems they can't penetrate or that they only THINK they have penetrated.

  • cold fjord points out a profile

    Great, now even blatant shills are submitting content.

  • I guess when your country does things like create stuxnet, you could probably expect a repercussion or two, huh?

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