Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’

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  1. cobra commando

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    Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the “Iron Dome” missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities of sensitive documents pertaining to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. The never-before publicized intrusions, which occurred between 2011 and 2012, illustrate the continued challenges that defense contractors and other companies face in deterring organized cyber adversaries and preventing the theft of proprietary information.
    According to Columbia, Md.-based threat intelligence firm Cyber Engineering Services Inc. (CyberESI), between Oct. 10, 2011 and August 13, 2012, attackers thought to be operating out of China hacked into the corporate networks of three top Israeli defense technology companies, including Elisra Group, Israel Aerospace Industries, and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. By tapping into the secret communications infrastructure set up by the hackers, CyberESI determined that the attackers exfiltrated large amounts of data from the three companies. Most of the information was intellectual property pertaining to Arrow III missiles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), ballistic rockets, and other technical documents in the same fields of study. Joseph Drissel, CyberESI’s founder and chief executive, said the nature of the exfiltrated data and the industry that these companies are involved in suggests that the Chinese hackers were looking for information related to Israel’s all-weather air defense system called Iron Dome.


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    Initial Investigations suggests possible Chinese hands behind this hacking ..but Israeli officials quotes no serious info's stolen
     
  4. Srinivas_K

    Srinivas_K Senior Member Senior Member

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    No doubt Chinese will be behind this cyber attack .
     
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    If chinese hackers are responsible, Israel doesn't have to worry about adverse effects on their national security since, china is unlikely to disclose the details with Arabs instead they will start building their chinese version of iron dome :D There will be business loss though :dude:
     
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  7. roma

    roma NRI in Europe Senior Member

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    let's not be too sure about the first sentence of yours that Israel has nothing to worry in terms
    of techno info falling into the wrong hands

    Consider the following scenario -
    China copycats Israeli technology - which is not only likely but rather bound to happen
    ( without paying licensing fees of course !)
    China sells it to tom dick and harry RICH Arab country - eg Qatar, Saudi, Emirates
    not only not improbable but rather highly likely.

    Saudi and the other two pass it to paki to analyse and improve upon and sell more back to them at lower rates
    Pak now will have Israeli capability -. and guess what - yeah ! pass it to even more OIC brothers
    to use AGAINST ISRAEL in times of conflict

    Worse still may be able to ind a way to counter the dome protection systems to get missile though

    So selling stuff to a nation that has little respect for licensing arrangements and "royalties"
    well ..... take the risk and the above is what will happen !
    best of Luck to Israel if they think China is gonna respect the rules !


    QUOTE=boris;928126]Israeli has the capability to retaliate , they have the Unit 8200 for this.[/QUOTE]
    wouldn't be surprised at all if CCP manages to get a hold and copycat that too - and it ends up in pak hands as well !
     
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  8. boris

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    Israeli has the capability to retaliate , they have the Unit 8200 for this.
     

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