Cyberwarfare: What Goes Around Comes Around – OpEd


Israel, the land of Stuxnet and Duqu and home of a sophisticated cyberwarfare capability pursued both by Mossad operatives and the IDF’s Unit 8200, has received a small comeuppance.  While it was busy figuring ways to penetrate Iran’s computer defenses and sabotage its purported nuclear program, Anonymous decided to (Hebrew) hack into the websites of various official Israeli government agencies and bring them down:

In a video that was uploaded to YouTube, the group [Anonymous] warns that if the siege on Gaza is maintained, it will have no choice but to go on the attack.

On Sunday, the websites of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet security services were down.

The Hebrew version says the Government of Israel website was also brought down. I must say it seems rather odd that the website of Israel’s intelligence and military, among the most technologically sophisticated at cyberwarfare would have the sorts of vulnerabilities that Anonymous could exploit. Though the intelligence agencies emphasized that their internal sites, where most of their dirty work is done, were not affected.

I think this shows that even the most secure nations, intelligence services, and websites can be penetrated and havoc wrought. Which is precisely my argument regarding Stuxnet: if we sow the seeds of sabotage inside Iran Israel will eventually reap the whirlwind inside its own borders. Someone somewhere will figure out how to do what Israel what it has done to others. It’s a version of the old adage:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

So if you “do” Iran, Iran (or Anonymous) will “do” you too.


This article appeared at Tikun Olam

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

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