US spy chief reportedly made secret visit to Israel last week

Published March 29th, 2016 - 09:06 GMT
The National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland. (Photo: Afp)
The National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland. (Photo: Afp)

The head of the US National Security Agency made a secret visit to Israel last week, according to Israeli daily Haaretz. The visit was reportedly made in order to talk about cooperation in cyber-defense with a special focus on the threat of cyber-attacks from Iran and Hezbollah.  

Israel has been the target of several large cyber attacks in recent years, some of which appear to have originated from Hezbollah or Iranian sources. As recently as February, Hezbollah's "Kadimon" hacking agency claimed to have hacked Israeli security cameras in a number of different locations, including a Defense Ministry compound in Tel Aviv, according to The Times Of Israel. 

In late January, during a cold snap when electricity consumption was high, Israel's Public Utility Authority was hit by a powerful cyber assault that was one of the largest the country has ever experienced, the country's Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water said. It was not clear where that attack originated from.

The meeting in Israel last week occurred between NSA director Admiral Michael Rogers and top Israeli intelligence officials. 

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