Israel Launches Cyber Warfare Training Program for Teenagers

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Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently spoke at the opening ceremony of a new three-year cyber warfare training program for students aged 16 to 18.

"'To the outstanding pupils that are studying in the special program, I say: 'You are the future interceptors for the State of Israel.' We are one of the world’s leaders in the field of cybernetics, and we must maintain this position. Therefore, we will continue to cultivate the generation of the future,' the prime minister declared," The Jerusalem Post reports.

"Netanyahu said the country's computer systems are facing attacks from Iran and other countries, and such attacks are set to increase in the digital age," writes ZDNet's Ellyne Phneah. "The goverment is also bolstering its ability to deal with these threats through the Israel National Cyber Bureau (INCB), he added."

"Israel’s cyber-defences were pushed to their limit during the military campaign against Hamas late in 2012, as hacking collectives like Anonymous bombarded Israeli websites with DDoS attacks and a host of threats and viruses," writes ITProPortal's Will Dalton. "Government officials claimed over 44 million attempts had been made to bring down state web pages, but insisted that no serious damage was caused."