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Defense Minister Barak acknowledges Israel’s cyber offensive for first time

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Gili Cohen and Oded Yaron
Haaretz

June 6, 2012

Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Wednesday acknowledged Israel’s offensive cyberspace operations for the first time.

Speaking during a conference at Tel Aviv University, Barak stressed that in cyber warfare, as opposed to conventional warfare, it is more important to invest in defense than offense, and admitted for the first time that Israel has been developing and working on both tactics.

“Our goal with cyber defense, which is the more important and difficult component, is to prevent damage,” Barak said. “It is more than we can benefit from an offensive action, even though both aspects exist.”

Barak’s explicit statement that “both aspects exist” comes after the Israel Defense Forces’ website announced its cybernetics operations. There it was written that the operations include a focus on “information collection, defense, and classified military operations,” among others.

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