Jun 25, 2011

Cyberwar Conference

David DolanBy David Dolan

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Israel’s prestigious Tel Aviv University hosted a conference in mid-June focusing on a growing worldwide security problem — cyber warfare on the Internet. The conference brought together computer and Internet experts from around the world, who discussed possible ways that governments and private corporations can stop their websites and computer systems from being hacked by hostile governments or groups, especially in time of war.

Israeli government, military, media and private business web sites came under fierce assault during the three week-long Cast Lead military operation against rocket-firing Hamas forces in late 2008 and early 2009. Government officials fear that top secret security information may be vulnerable to enemy theft, and have therefore stepped up efforts to prevent professional hackers from uncovering and stealing such information. The cyber-war conference was addressed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who declared Israel is poised to become an international leader in preventing hostile Internet intrusions. He said "The more computerized we get, the more vulnerable we become. There is no choice but to deal with this in a more systematic and focused manner."

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