A Month After Cyberattack in Iran, Israeli Military Intel Units Honored for 'Successful Covert Operation'

Certificates of appreciation given to intel units after cyberattack attributed to Israel hit Iranian port, causing massive backups

Yaniv Kubovich
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Shahid Rajaee port in Iran
Shahid Rajaee port in IranCredit: GoogleEarth
Yaniv Kubovich

The head of the military's intelligence directorate has given certificates of appreciation to units that participated in a recent successful covert operation, the army said Wednesday. This comes a month after a cyberattack on Iran's Shahid Rajaee port.

Among the units given the honor by Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman, director of Military Intelligence, was the elite, high-tech Unit 8200. 

The attack on the Iranian port in late May caused massive backups on waterways and roads leading to the port, and Israel appeared to be behind it, The Washington Post reported at the time.

Citing unnamed U.S. and foreign government officials, the Post said the May 9 disruption of Iranian computers was presumably in retaliation for an earlier attempted cyberattack on rural water distribution systems in Israel.

The attack came a month after Israeli water installations were reportedly hit by a cyberattack near the end of April, after which employees at Israeli companies involved in the country's water and sewage systems were instructed to change their passwords or, if that wasn’t possible, bring their online activities to a temporary halt.

Later reports said that Iran used U.S. servers to carry out the strike, and that concurrently Iranian hackers attacked a U.S. company developing a coronavirus drug.

The attack was reportedly intended to raise the chlorine level in the water supply.  

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