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Official: Israel faces cyber threat

JERUSALEM, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The man in charge of Israel's electricity said Wednesday his country needs to prepare for a possible cyberattack.

Maj. Gen. Yiftach Ron-Tal of Israel Electric Corp. told the Jerusalem Post the Israel's enemies may have already succeeded in installing viruses in computer systems that control military and civilian infrastructure.

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"Israel is under a threat and we could already have experienced a silent infiltration that will be activated when the enemy wants," Ron-Tal said. "We need to be prepared for the possibility that critical infrastructure will be paralyzed."

Ron-Tal cited Israel's electrical grid as an example of the threat the country faces.

"The electrical grid is essentially one big computer and if you take it over there is a big problem," he said. "We need to be able to detect infiltrations, have intelligence about potential attacks and know how to contain the infiltration."

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