This week in cybersecurity: Fighting hackers with missiles

On Saturday, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bombed a building in the Gaza Strip that they say housed Hamas hackers attacking Israel. The airstrike decimated the alleged hacker headquarters, marking the first time military force has been used as a direct response to a cyberattack. NATO declared “cyber” an official warfare domain in 2016, adding it to “land, sea, and air” in terms of where battles can be waged and fought. Israeli authorities claim an attack against the nation’s “cyberspace” led the IDF first to deal with the problem in the digital dimension, using cybersecurity to shut down the cyberattack, then deal with it in the physical dimension using the air strike.

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