Israeli Technology Effectively Prevented Attacks at G-20 Summit

Israeli technology identified and neutralized several suspicious drones hovering around world leaders

Argentine President Mauricio Macri gives a press conference at the G20 summit
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Israeli technology detected several unauthorized drone incidents at the G-20 summit, effectively preventing possible attacks.

Several suspicious drones flying in the vicinity of global leaders were successfully blocked by the Israeli technology.

On Thursday, G-20 authorities detected an unauthorized drone in the area of the hotel where the foreign delegations stayed. The drone was neutralized.

On Friday evening a drone flew near a group of leaders entering a gala at the iconic Colon Theatre. The drone was forced to land, according to a report by the Clarin newspaper.

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On Sept. 21, the Defense Ministry of Argentina signed a contract worth more than $5 million with its Israeli counterpart last year to provide cyber defense and cybersecurity services for the meeting. Specifically, Israel agreed to supply Cyber Defense Informatics Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) for the group, of which Israel is not a part. The cyber defense program includes the capability to inhibit drones to a certain range. The cybersecurity software includes the ability to collect and analyze information from social networks.

The Drone Guard system, sold to Argentina by ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI,) was also successfully used in October during the 2018 Youth Olympics games in Argentina.

The 13th meeting of the international forum held in Buenos Aires last weekend was the first G-20 summit held in South America. Security was one of the main concerns. On Monday, President Mauricio Macri organized an event in honor of the workers and security forces to recognize the success of the event.

Despite previous fears, security concerns did not affect participation in the conference.