Hackers Targeting Israel’s Water Supply Aimed to Cause ‘Humanitarian Disaster:’ Official

A recent cyberattack on Israel’s water supply was aimed at bringing about a “humanitarian disaster,” Israel’s cyber defense chief told a conference Thursday.

According to Yigal Unna, Director General of Israel National Cyber Directorate, while the attack had been thwarted, it could have resulted in a shortage of water amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic — or in poisonous chemicals like chlorine making it into the water supply.

The attack in question was attributed to Iran, according to a Fox News report, but Unna did not point at any specific perpetrators in his speech.

What he did say, however, was that the offensive was a well-organized one, and it had not been conducted by regular criminals.

He specified that the operation was built around the idea of causing real-world physical damage through digital means, as opposed to targeting a website or a database, — a first for Israeli cyber defense experts.

The past month will be remembered as a turning point in the history of cyberwar, he asserted grimly, with the attacks set to increasingly target humanitarian and civilian infrastructure.

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