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Terrorists Tried to Crash Planes of Kings and Presidents Visiting Israel

Israeli cyber defense forces thwart 800 attacks on airport and planes of visiting dignitaries

Cyber-terrorists targeted the planes of Putin and other world leaders arriving in Israel.
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While some pay lip service to commemorating the victims of the Nazi Holocaust, Israel’s detractors were none-too-pleased that the leaders of the world came to Jerusalem to mark the liberation of Auschwitz last week.

After all, doing so all but endorsed Israel’s claim to the Holy City as its eternal capital.

So some of those displeased by the proceedings went so far as to apparently attempt to bring down the planes of the visiting presidents, princes and kings before they could land in the Jewish state.

Earlier this month, Israel decided to place its aviation infrastructure under the protection of the National Cyber Security Authority. And, boy, did they do so just in time.

On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, as the 45 or more foreign dignitaries were arriving, their planes and Ben-Gurion International Airport were targeted by no fewer than 800 cyber attacks.

The attacks “were directed at the airport and the planes, and were aimed at disrupting the flight paths of more than 60 planes carrying heads of state, kings and presidents,” officials with the Airports Authority Cyber Division told Israel Channel 12 News.

Fortunately, Israel’s pretty good at cyber warfare, and managed to thwart all 800 attacks, which officials said came from Iran, China, North Korea, Russia, and Poland.

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