Israel Spies Expert At Cyberwar, Says ‘Armageddon’ Author Melman

By Yossi Melman

A recent article by David Sanger of The New York Times — based on his book, CONFRONT AND CONCEAL — gives the impression that Obama Administration officials are very proud of U.S. cyberwarfare against Iran’s nuclear program, but somewhat dismissive of some mistakes made by Israel.
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I was asked about this by The Tablet, a website that focuses on Jewish and Israeli news and culture:

If the Israelis are in fact incompetent at waging cyberwar, then that’s real news, since the Israelis have always been reputed to be the best in the business. “If Israel is incompetent then why was Stuxnet successful?” journalist Yossi Melman, co-author of the forthcoming book Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars, responded when I asked him about Biden’s comment. “A thousand centrifuges were disabled, which makes it a very successful campaign.”

Melman said that according to the Israeli officials he’s spoken with, it was Israel that initiated the idea of utilizing computer viruses.

“They’ve been doing cyberwarfare slightly longer than the Americans. Military Intelligence Unit 8200 [Israel’s equivalent of the National Security Agency in charge of signals intelligence] has been exploring the potential for offensive as well as defensive cyberwarfare capabilities for at least a decade.”

Full article:
http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/101662/leaking-cyberwar-secrets

June 8, 2012

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