Former Shin Bet head ‘bursts myth’ on cyber hackers who attack Israel

In his first big speech since stepping down as head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) last month, Yoram Cohen departed from conventional wisdom Tuesday saying he wanted to “burst the myth of retribution,” explaining that Israel always eventually learns who to hold responsible for attempted cyber hacks.

Conventionally, most government and private sector officials say that one of the puzzles of cyber warfare is identifying who initiated a cyber attack.

Cohen’s statements, made at Tel Aviv University’s international cyber conference, indicated that the Shin Bet’s abilities to decipher who cyber attacks Israel are more advanced than has been previously known.


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