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Official reports from Israeli security experts at Seculert stated that hackers have successfully compromised a defense ministry computer, according to an article published on the Jewish Voice website. The article indicates that attackers "_broke into an via an email attachment tainted with malicious software._" The article indicates that "_Securlet had not determined what the hackers did after the initial infection._"
According to the article, "hackers earlier this month temporarily took over 15 computers, one of them belonging to the Civil Administration for Judea and Samaria_" as confirmed by Aviv Raff, the Chief Technology Officer at Seculert. Raff was reported in the article to have told Reuters that "_Palestinian Arabs were suspected to be behind the cyber attack, citing similarities to a cyber assault on Israeli computers waged more than a year ago from a server in Hamas-ruled Gaza."
In the article, Raff was quoted to say, "All we know is at least one computer at the Civil Administration was in control of the attackers; what they did we don't know." The report indicates that this attack originated from "_a server in the United States_" but that officials questioned declined comments on the event by saying, "_We are not commenting on it, we don't respond to such reports._" The article continued to confirm that "_several hacking attacks targeting Israelis_" have occurred over "_the past year or so._."
Written by Bryon Turcotte / January 29, 2014