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Israel prepares for cyberwars

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established a new espionage organization devoted entirely to cyberwarfare, to prepare Israel for future conflicts.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a conference on counter-terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv September 11, 2014. Netanyahu said on Thursday he would increase the defence budget to meet growing threats but not let the country's credit rating drop one notch through any excessive spending. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY BUSINESS) - RTR45VNS
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The eyes of the entire world are fixed on the beheading parade of the Islamic State that breaks its own records almost every week. The incomprehensible brutality, the uncompromising fanaticism, the wanton, flaming hatred and the appalling barbarity of the struggle — all these have attracted most of the global attention in recent months ever since the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), now simply the Islamic State (IS), burst into world consciousness.

This is the old war. It will take time until we rid ourselves of the outcomes of this territorial and physical terrorism, in favor of the next kind of warfare, but it behooves us not to ignore the future. It is already here. In future world wars and the great struggles yet to come, cyberspace will occupy a growing domain in the arenas of war. Resources will be redirected from the effort to kill as many human beings as possible with the least effort in the shortest time, or to behead as many victims as possible to horrify as many civilized Westerners as possible, to something completely different. Instead, the goal will be to sabotage the automated Internet infrastructure of as many systems as possible in enemy countries and spaces. The goal: to disrupt civilian life, to neutralize or destroy security systems and even inflict serious damage on assets and economies and kill as many people as possible, too.

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