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The Use of Cyberwarfare in Influence Operations

Daniel Cohen & Ofir Bar’el

In the world of cybersecurity, collaborative efforts are difficult, even in areas where the common interest is indisputable. It is even more difficult to collaborate in the fight against ideological terrorism, especially when this terrorism is perpetrated by cyberattack. This has led to the state of uncertainty that exists today with regards to cyberattacks. This article examines the effect of cyber on the perceptual dimension, illustrating the new world in which we live. It leads us to the conclusion that Israel must be prepared not only for conventional cyber threats, but for unconventional cyber interference aimed at shaping public perception. This could potentially amplify existing discord within Israeli society, undermining the trust of Israeli citizens in their leadership, exposing other potential threats.

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