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In Israel-Gaza Conflict, an Airstrike Response to a Cyberattack Will be Closely Watched by Experts

In Israel-Gaza Conflict, an Airstrike Response to a Cyberattack Will be Closely Watched by Experts by Kate Fazzini – CNBC

The Israel Defense Forces said Sunday it responded to a cyberattack from a Hamas-controlled compound in Gaza with an airstrike, a rare mix of physical and cyber conflict on the world stage.

 

The cyberattacks emanating from the Gaza facility were aimed at harming Israeli civilians and was thwarted online before the strike, the IDF said, though they did not immediately release further details about the cyberattack.

 

In Gaza, Hamas militants have launched 600 rockets into Israel, while the country has retaliated with hundreds of strikes on military targets there.

 

International organizations and militaries have long debated how or when countries should use military force to respond to cyberattacks that could harm citizens.

 

The incident is certain to spark further debate on how cyberattacks and live conflict should mix. It’s an important distinction as countries including the United States grow increasingly concerned at the possibility a cyberattack on the electric grid, water supply or other infrastructure could lead to loss of human life, and create norms for how they will respond to those threats, either immediately or preemptively…

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