State-owned Kan TV news reported that Iran accused Israel Monday of being behind a cyberattack on Sunday that activated false rocket warning sirens from Jerusalem.
According to Kan, the Israel National Cyber Directorate believes that the alarms that were heard in Jerusalem and Eilat on Sunday night, approximately an hour apart, were caused by a cyberattack by Iran.
The military issued a statement on Sunday night stating that sirens were false alarms, and “the issue under investigation.” Later, they stated that the hacked sirens belonged to local authorities and weren’t part of the Home Front Command system.
Separately, the Home Front Command stated in a statement that the threat was being addressed by the local authorities.
Yair Golan (a lawmaker in the ruling coalition, and former deputy chief, of the army) commented on the incident on Army Radio. He said that Israeli security agencies had been preparing for Iranian cyber attacks on civilian systems.
Iran has not yet responded to Israeli accusations.
Israel and Iran are involved in a shadow conflict. Iran has attacked Israeli vessels in the Gulf, while Israel has launched airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria.
Israel’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued an “level 4” travel warning to Istanbul on June 13th. This is the highest level of travel warning possible due to concerns about “revenge attack”, following the death of Hassan Sayyad Khodaei who was a colonel in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. Iran believes that he was assassinated.