Israeli light rail company victim of cyberattack as Iran reports ‘subway hack’

The company that builds the Tel Aviv region’s light rail system said on Monday its website had been temporarily disrupted by a foreign cyberattack, as Iranian media reported that pro-regime hackers had managed to infiltrate the servers of the “Israeli metro”.

Israel’s NTA Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd said in a statement that “an issue was detected” Monday morning on its website and a review determined it had suffered a denial of service. [DoS] attack from abroad. NTA said it managed to regain control of the website and suffered no lasting damage.

Iranian media, which all cited an unsourced report on the Sabereen News Telegram channel, said the “massive” cyberattack targeted the operating systems and servers of the “Israeli Metro”. Israel’s Channel 12 reported that this led to ridicule online, as Israel does not have a metro system.

The attack came just a day after another similar one disrupted the operations of websites belonging to Iran’s official culture and media offices, Channel 12 reported, adding that Iranian opposition activists had claimed responsibility. responsibility and that it was not linked to Israel.

Last week, a major cyberattack forced Iranian state-owned Khuzestan Steel Co. to halt production, and two other major steel producers also reported being targeted.

An anonymous hacking group claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, saying it had targeted Iran’s three largest steel companies in response to “the Islamic Republic’s aggression”.

Israeli military correspondents, who are regularly briefed off-the-record by senior Israeli officials, have suggested that Israel was directly responsible for the assault on the steel company in retaliation for an alleged cyberattack that sounded rocket sirens in Jerusalem and in Eilat last week.

Late last month, the Israeli Privacy Authority announced that Iranian hackers had attacked websites operated by Gol Tours LTD, an Israeli tourism company that owns more than 20 tour booking websites. trips. The hackers managed to obtain the personal information of more than 300,000 Israelis, including phone numbers, addresses, dates and locations of booked vacations and sensitive medical information, the authority said in a statement.

Earlier in June, Israeli communications companies were instructed to step up cybersecurity, as the government launched a new initiative to protect the country from online attacks amid a rise in hacks targeting Israeli websites. .

As part of the reform, major Israeli communications companies are required to implement detailed plans to identify and prevent future cyberattacks targeting communications networks. Companies must now adhere to unified standards.

Numerous alleged Iranian cyberattacks against Israel have been reported in recent years.

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