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Israel's cyber authority formulates plan for possible foreign hack of election

Un message apparaît sur un écran d'ordinateur prévenant l'utilisateur d'une cyberattaque, le 27 juin 2017 à Geldrop, aux Pays-Ba
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The plan has not been made with any specific threat or adversary in mind

Israel's National Authority for Cyber Defense has recently readied a plan to defend against attempts to disrupt in the election process, Haaretz reported on Thursday. The decision was made after the US intelligence community accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election, and similar claims made about hacks in European countries.

The newspaper reports that the plan has not been made with any specific threat or adversary in mind. The authority will work in coordination with the Central Election Committee, and issue guidelines on identifying and preventing hacks to the system.

Israel's Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot recently warned Israeli lawmakers that there could be attempts to intervene in the country's democratic process through cyber-attacks.

During a three-hour discussion with the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Wednesday, Eizenkot gave a an update on the security situation as well as a briefing on the progress made in the "Gideon" program, part of the Israel Defense Force's cyberspace activities.

AFP

Eizenkot reportedly recommended to the committee that cyber attacks around the world be closely monitored - not only attempts to interfere in democratic processes, but also attacks on infrastructure. Regarding the cyber threat to elections, Eizenkot said that not only should direct attacks on the voting systems be monitored, but also attempts to manipulate voters via websites and social media.

US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a mass effort to tilt the election in Trump's favor, including hacking and leaking embarrassing emails from Democrats. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that US President Donald Trump has accepted his assurances that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 US Presidential election, and seemed "satisfied."

Donald Trump's eldest son was told in an email before his meeting with a Russian lawyer that the damaging information he was promised concerning Hillary Clinton was part of the Russian government's effort to elect his father president, the New York Times reported on Monday.

The team of French President Emmanuel Macron was hacked prior to France's presidential elections, with thousands of documents including emails and accounts belonging to his En Marche! (On the Move!) movement were dumped online an hour before the end of official campaigning. On April 25, a report by Japanese cyber-security company Trend Micro, blamed a so-called "phishing" attack targeting the Macron campaign on Russian hacking group Pawn Storm, also known as Fancy Bears, Tsar Team and APT28.

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