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Why Israel Hacks
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Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
2/17/2015 | 11:07:53 AM
Totally agree, aws0513. The historical and geopolitical insight Mike shared offers some  a really valuable perspective to the complexities of the middle east and Israel's vulnerabilities therein. The nuclear threat from Iran was also compelling to better understand in this context.
User Rank: Ninja
2/9/2015 | 12:53:24 PM
Based upon all that I have gleaned from open source intelligence data, the ISIS/ISIL cyber threat is more akin to a hacktivism threat than a full-on espionage or resource targeting threat.  This does not mean their leadership do not have intentions or have considered such possibilities.  It is just more likely that their cyber-warfare campaigns may be as disjointed as their normal real-world operations.

The difficult thing about revolutionary entities (organizations) is that it is common to be misled in attribution of an attack, virtual or physical.  Sympathizers of an revolutionary entity will often conduct operations in the name of the entity, but without specific entity authorization or support. 
If the operation has impact, the real leadership of the revolutionary entity may still claim they were behind the operation where in truth they never even had contact with the true actors of the operation.  If an event conveniently supports their cause, and it cost them nothing, that much the better.  Many times, they do not even have to provide evidence to the media reporting their claims.

State actors usually have far more resources to put into any cyber-warfare campaign.  Although even the largest government entities can be disrupted by hacktivist activities, in general the results the hacktivist can achieve are trivial in the face of the broad cyber and physical capabilities of a well funded, well resourced, and determined state actor.

Very good write-up about Isreal Mike.  You are correct that the geopolitical history and situation regarding Isreal is extremely complex to relate in a single article.  Your attempt to do so is very honest and IMHO very respectable.
User Rank: Strategist
2/6/2015 | 10:23:45 PM
When talking about the Middle East, I think it's appropiate to bring ISIS/ISIL into the equation. With everything that has been going on in recent news, do you think ISIS will join in on the cyber fight? They have already hacked a few US sponosred social media accounts... Should we be fearful of them or is there cyber capabilities limited?

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