Israel launched an airstrike in response to a Hamas cyberattack

The IDF says that it stopped an attempted cyber attack launched by Hamas over the weekend, and responded with an air strike on the building where it says the attack originated in Gaza. It is believed that this is the first time that a soldier retaliates with physical violence in real time against a cyber attack.

Violence broke out this weekend when Hamas and the IDF launched attacks on each other in the past three days. Hamas launched more than 600 rockets against Israel, while the IDF carried out its own attacks against hundreds of what it characterized as military targets. So far, at least 27 Palestinians and four Israeli civilians have been killed, with more than a hundred injured. Tensions between Israel and Hamas have increased over the past year, with protests and violence erupting periodically. Reuters and The Wall Street Journal have a good overview of the situation.

During Saturday's battle, the IDF says that Hamas launched a cyber-attack against Israel. He did not reveal what the objective was, but told him The Times of Israel that it was designed for "[harm] the quality of life of Israeli citizens." He also indicated that the attack did not appear. To be sophisticated and was quickly stopped. An IDF spokesman told the publication that "Hamas no longer has cybernetic capabilities after our strike."

The IDF released a video that says it is from the building from where the cyber attack was launched.

What's new about this particular incident is that it seems to be the first time an army encounters a cyber attack with a real-world response during an ongoing battle. As noted by Catalin Cimpanu of ZDNet USA. UU They targeted an ISIS member in 2015 after they published the records of the US service members. UU Online, but that attack did not happen in real time. "Israel's response to Hamas marks the first time a country reacts with an immediate military force to a cyber attack in an active conflict," writes Cimpanu.

The attack raises serious questions about the incident and what it means for similar incidents. A general principle of war and international humanitarian laws hold that attacks must be proportional in response. (For example, a country would not be allowed to launch a nuclear missile at a capital city if a single soldier dies in a skirmish at the border). Given that the IDF admitted that they had stopped the attack before the air attack, the question is now whether the response was appropriate or not. Either way, it opens a worrying evolution in the state of modern warfare, given the threat that hackers can pose to military forces or nations.

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