The double-edged sword of cyber warfare

While Israel acknowledges ‘day-to-day’ use of offensive digital weapons, experts warn of its growing vulnerability

BY MITCH GINSBURG

F130604FFAH03-e1373617952936-635x357An illustrative photo of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visiting the governmental department of telecom and cyber systems in June 2013 (Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense/Flash90)An illustrative photo of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon visiting the governmental department of telecom and cyber systems in June 2013 (Ariel Hermoni/Ministry of Defense/Flash90)WRITERSMitch Ginsburg

One week after the Israeli army formally recognized cyber weapons as a fourth dimension of warfare, alongside land, air and sea, the defense minister on Wednesday sang the praises of digital weapons, saying that they can attack and conquer enemy assets without leaving a trace. 

“Cyberspace enables the attack of another nation state in offensive action, even reaching victory without leaving any fingerprints, even if it is suspected,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Wednesday at the fifth annual Cyber Security Conference at Tel Aviv University, according to a conference statement. “We are already there; we are not talking about some distant future. We have experienced this in Israel’s day-to-day actions against its enemies.”
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