Internet hackers used local computer systems in attacks on Israeli corporate websites, according to the chief executive officer of network-security vendor Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
“About half of the attacking systems were from Israel,” Gil Shwed said at a press conference in Tel Aviv. This was possible through the use of malicious bot software, which is planted on a computer and then activated, he said.
Websites operated by the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al Israel Airlines Ltd., and First International Bank Ltd. were attacked yesterday but not immobilized. The attacks have led to calls for the government to accelerate the establishment of a National Cyber Directorate that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in August.