Suspected Iranian Cyberattack on Israel Triggers Sirens

Sirens sounded in Eilat and Jerusalem after suspected Iranian hack targets PA systems

Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich
Cyber attack. Illustration
Cyber attack. IllustrationCredit: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Sirens sounded in Eilat and parts of Jerusalem Sunday night due to a cyberattack on local public address systems, Israel's Home Front Command said on Monday, in what is being investigated as a possible Iranian attack.

Sirens alert Israelis to rocket attacks, and the local authorities in Jerusalem and the Red Sea town of Eilat were instructed to stay on high alert.

The Home Front Command statement said the Sunday evening sirens came from local civilian PA systems and not the national system. The statement added that authorities would promptly take protective measures on these systems following the attack.

The past year has seen an increase in suspected Iranian cyberattacks on Israel, as well as increased attempts by Iran to enlist new agents against Israel.

Last month it was revealed that Iran tried to use fake accounts on Facebook and WhatsApp to collect data on Israelis. And in early 2022, four Israeli women were accused of being operatives for the Iranian intelligence, with whom they were in contact via WhatsApp and Facebook.

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