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Report: Iran tried to infiltrate Israel’s rocket alert system

The Israeli military detected and blocked an attempt by Iran to infiltrate its missile warning system in 2017, preventing a potentially life-threatening situation in which Israeli citizens could no longer rely on the sirens that alert them to an incoming attack, a senior cyber defense official told the Bloomberg news outlet on Monday.

The Iranian effort was first spotted in 2017 and, once its target was understood, the Israel Defense Forces worked to block the cyber attack and track the hackers, Brig. Gen. (res.) Noam Sha’ar, the outgoing head of the cyber defense division of the military’s Cyber Defense Directorate, told the website.

“We dealt with them and built another barrier and another monitoring system to make sure we could stop them if they tried again,” Shaar told Bloomberg.

“We dealt with them and built another barrier and another monitoring system to make sure we could stop them if they tried again,” Shaar told Bloomberg.

Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Islamic Republic “attacks Israel on a daily basis.”

“We monitor these attacks, we see these attacks and we foil these attacks all the time,” Netanyahu told a gathering of government officials, cybersecurity experts and entrepreneurs at the CyberTech conference.

Meanwhile, Tehran’s nuclear program has allegedly been the target of several attacks by Israel and the United States, including the powerful Stuxnet virus, which took aim at Iran’s nuclear program, according to foreign reports.

Read More: Times of Israel