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How Israel became a cyber superpower

For the country, the fear of imminent attack is part of the national psyche. Today, that increasingly also includes cyber attacks.

It was one of those moments that Mr Nadav Arbel likes most.

The senior staff of a large casino had gathered in the meeting room to attend his presentation. The most important of its 15 managers had already been warned. Yet they were still shocked when the Israeli hacker demonstrated how he gained complete control of their establishment in just 12 minutes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2018, with the headline 'How Israel became a cyber superpower'. Print Edition | Subscribe