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Israeli defence ministry computer hit in cyber attack, says expert

Published on Jan 27, 2014 4:15 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Hackers attacked Israeli computers including one used by the defence ministry department dealing with civilians in the occupied West Bank, an Israeli data protection expert said on Monday.

"At the beginning of this month a number of mails were sent to a number of companies in Israel, including security organisations," Mr Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Israeli cyber security firm Seculert told army radio.

"There was an attachment... and whoever opened it was infected with a virus, a Trojan Horse, which allowed the attackers to control those computers.

One of the computers belonged to the Civil Adminstration," he said in reference to the defence ministry department, which is staffed by the military.

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