Israel and the US to Step Up Teamwork on 'Cyberwar' Efforts

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Israel and the United States agreed to increase their cooperation in the field of cyber warfare last week, write Itamar Eichner and Sagi Cohen. But Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of the Russian anti-virus firm that unveiled the Flame virus criticized the use of cyber warfare, calling it terror, not war.

Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon and Head of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau Eitan Ben David met on June 5 with Ambassador-at-Large Dan Benjamin, who heads the State Department's Bureau of Counter-terrorism in the American government. During the meeting, it was agreed to cooperate in the field of cyber warfare on the internet.

In the meantime, the CEO of the Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky, Eugene Kaspersky, criticized the use of cyber warfare. Kaspersky heads the company that exposed the spy virus Flame, that was uncovered in computers in Iran. “Use of cyber weapons is not war — it is terror,” he warned.

Kaspersky participated in the yearly cyber convention sponsored by Yuval Ne’eman that took place in Tel Aviv. Kaspersky described the moment in which the researchers in his laboratory revealed the virus and said, “This is the most sophisticated malicious software that we had ever seen.” Even though Iran accused Israel of developing cyber weapons and creating the Flame virus, Kaspersky refused to address this issue and say who, in his opinion, developed the virus.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak also lectured at the convention, and he hinted that Israel is trying to become a world leader in cyber warfare. “The defense system intends to make Israel a world leader in cyber capabilities, both in terms of creating defense systems as well as preparing the infrastructures of the civil state for an attack,” said Barak.

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