facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Israel shuts down police computers

Oct. 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM   |   Comments

JERUSALEM, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Israel has banned its police force from connecting to the Internet and from using memory sticks or disks in an effort to curb a cyberattack, officials said.

The ban, enacted last week, is meant to prevent a malware program called Benny Gantz-55 -- named after Benny Gantz, Israel's Chief of General Staff -- from infecting the police's computer network, Sky News reported.

The program can be used to destroy equipment or spy on Israel's police force.

The ban came after police received an "intelligence tip," an official said.

Officials have yet to determine whether the virus is a prank or was generated by Iran's cyberwarfare program, which had been rapidly expanded since Tehran's nuclear program was hit by the Stuxnet virus in 2010.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Boeing may build NASA's space taxi Boeing may build NASA's space taxi
2
Attic window offers glimpse of life inside a wasp nest Attic window offers glimpse of life inside a wasp nest
3
Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism Proposed Texas textbooks teach climate change skepticism
4
Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast Humpback whale rescued off Maine coast
5
The NSA will now map out the entire Internet The NSA will now map out the entire Internet
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback