Israeli police ordered offline over cyber attack fear

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012
Jerusalem's national police station

Jerusalem's national police station

Israeli police officers have been ordered to disconnect their computers from the internet following fears of a possible attack on their computer system.

Following an intelligence tip-off indicating that a virus attack would be carried out using a CD or USB stick, an order was issued at 10.30 this morning to avoid inserting any hardware into computers, and all computers were taken offline.

The Jerusalem Post said: “National Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police investigators are looking at the possibility that someone broke into the national computer system and are trying to determine how far the break-in reaches and if it entails some sort of widescale cyber-attack or a virus that was passed onto only a few computers

Last updated: 2:06pm, October 25 2012