News Roundup:  Israel becomes the first nation to respond to a cyber attack with a physical one

News Roundup: Israel becomes the first nation to respond to a cyber attack with a physical one

Israel responds to a cyber threat with physical force

Israel has become the first nation in history to use immediate military force in response to a cyber-attack, after it used an airstrike to target a building in the Gaza Strip that the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) allege housed Hamas Cyber operatives. The IDF says the physical attack was in response to a thwarted cyber effort orchestrated by the targeted Hamas operatives.

It confirmed the measure in a tweet on Sunday, saying, ‘'We thwarted an attempted Hamas cyber offensive against Israeli targets. Following our successful cyber defensive operation, we targeted a building where the Hamas cyber operatives work. HamasCyberHQ.exe has been removed.''

The airstrike has been described as a ‘bomb-back' response (as opposed to hack-back) and is the first of its kind to ever take place. While the US carried out a drone strike in 2015 to kill UK-born terrorist Junaid Hussain, who was in charge of ISIL's hacker groups, the Israeli attack is the first one to be carried out with immediacy, as part of an active conflict.

The event marks a concerning milestone in cyber-warfare activity, which has been creeping towards the point of physical response for a while now.

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Patrick Martlew is a technology enthusiast and editorial guru that works the digital enterprise beat in London. After making his tech writing debut in Sydney, he has now made his way to the UK where he works to cover the very latest trends and provide top-grade expert analysis.

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