Israel Electric Corp. fending off major cyberattack, energy minister says


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Electric Corp. is dealing with “one of the largest cyberattacks that we have experienced,” the country’s energy minister said.

“We are handling the situation and I hope that soon, this very serious event will be over,” Yuval Steinitz, the minister of infrastructure, energy and water, said Tuesday at the CyberTech 2016 security conference in Tel Aviv.

Steinitz said the public utility came under attack Monday, the virus was identified and software was in place to handle it.

“This is a fresh example of what we need to be prepared to face at any time,” he told hundreds of international delegates at the conference, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Christopher Painter, the U.S. secretary of state’s coordinator for cyber issues, was scheduled to participate in the cybertech conference.

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