IDF intel chief says Israel under nonstop cyber-threats, is retaliating
Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman says defense alone does not suffice, steps must be taken to ‘preserve Israel’s superiority’
By EMANUEL FABIAN
20 July 2021, 3:44 pm
The head of Military Intelligence on Tuesday said Israel is facing constant cyber threats and will respond to attacks as it does to any other type of aggression.
“Israel is under constant threat in the cyber dimension, and attacks are sometimes carried out against it. We are able to deal with most of the threats through advanced defense capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman said at a conference at Tel Aviv University.
Hayman said that like in other military theaters, defense alone is not sufficient and “additional steps must be taken to preserve Israel’s [tactical] superiority over our enemies.”
“Those who attack Israel by air, sea, land, or cyber need to understand the risk they are taking,” Hayman declared.
“As seen time and time again, the attacks will be answered accordingly,” he warned.
Hayman also said that during the recent 11-day war between Israel and the Hamas terror group in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces used online sources, alongside artificial intelligence and machine learning, to assist in planning and conducting operations.
“This allowed the IDF to function better, faster, and with fewer casualties,” he said.
This led Military Intelligence officials to declare the Gaza campaign the world’s “first AI war.”