Thursday, 25 October 2012

Fearing cyber attack, police disconnect computers

Fearing cyber attack, police disconnect computers

Officers ordered to be extra careful with computers following fears of an attack; unclear if breach was wide-scale attack or virus.

Cyber defense war room [llustrative]
The Israel Police fear a possible virus attack on their national computer system, and have ordered officers to be extra careful using any police computers or software. Officers were ordered to disconnect computers from civilian networks.
In addition, all police district spokesperson's offices have gone offline and are not sending or responding to emails at the moment. Internal police networks were still online.
Police investigators were looking at the possibility that someone broke into the police computer system. They were trying to determine how far the break-in reaches and if it entails some sort of wide-scale cyber-attack or a virus that was passed onto only a few computers, National Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld explained.

Israel Police pulls out of civilian web network amid cyber attack threat

An intelligence tip indicated that a virus would be inserted into the police's central computer system via a disk-on-key or CD.

.The Israel Police on Thursday ordered every district and officer under its jurisdiction to disconnect their computers from the civilian web network, after learning that its system could be at risk for a severe cyber attack.
An intelligence tip indicated that a virus would be inserted into the police's central computer system via a disk-on-key or CD.
The police issued an order at around 10:30 A.M, warning all relevant parties to avoid inserting any media devices into any computer linked to the system. The system was disconnected from the civilian web network immediately following the announcement, until further notice.
The Israel Police is currently checking its system to see whether the cyber attack succeeded, and to assess the damage caused, if any.
The intelligence tip did not indicate who may be behind the attack, but it appears to be an external organization. The police are still trying to identify who supplied the intelligence tip.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said two weeks ago that the threat of cyber attacks on Israel was growing, particularly on networks linked to its central infrastructure.
Netanyahu added that Israel would fight this threat just as it would any other attack: "Just as we have the Iron Dome to fight rockets, and the security fence to prevent infiltration and terror – we will have a similar form of defense against cyber attacks.
But like with the security fence, it will take time to make. We are working on this at full capacity, and with full vigor."

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