Israel's air strike of a Hamas cyber operations facility last weekend is not a game changer that opens the door for future military attacks as a common response to offensive cyber activity, according to Duke University Cyber Scholar Zhanna Malekos Smith, speaking at SC Media's RiskSec conference today.
"There are some people who say, 'We've crossed the rubicon now... and what will this portend for the future of cyber international relations and conflict in cyberspace?'" said Smith, a Reuben Everett Cyber Scholar at Duke's law school, and a former captain in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
But Smith said she had adopted "a more moderate perspective on this," noting that in this particular case, the bombing was part of a larger series of deadly engagements between Israel and Gaza militants. Indeed, prior to reaching a cease-fire on Monday, Israel reportedly struck hundreds of targets in Gaza amidst claims that militants launched more than 600 rockets toward Israel. At least four Israelis and 23 Palestinians were reportedly killed in the fighting.
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