Pro-ISIS Outlet Threatens Cyber Attacks Targeting Morocco, UAE, Bahrain For Normalizing Relations With Israel, Discussing Joint Cyber Security Infrastructure

February 22, 2023

On February 14, 2023, a channel on the Rocket.Chat server run by the Islamic State (ISIS) published a post reporting that according to Israeli news channel i24News, Israel is planning to build shared cyber defense infrastructure with Morocco, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain, all of which have been normalizing relations with Israel in the past few years. The post cited the report as saying that representatives of the four countries met to discuss the formation of a cyber "Iron Done" — a reference to Israel's air defense system.

Commenting on the news, the post argued that despite Israel's superior cybersecurity technology, recent cyber attacks successfully targeted Israeli data banks and the phone of the head of the Mossad. Therefore, it argued, collaborating with Israel on security projects will only make institutions and companies in the three Arab countries targets for pro-Palestinian hackers. Israel was unable to protect itself from cyber attacks, it threatened, and will not be able to protect them either.

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