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Iran-Israel cyberwarfare: A new dimension of the Middle East crisis

Cybersecurity is one of the defining challenges of the digital age. Cybersecurity refers to the techniques of protecting computers, networks, programmes, and data from unauthorized access or attacks
Shahidul Islam
Iran-Israel cyberwarfare: A new dimension of the Middle East crisis

Cyberwar is a new phenomenon and dimension of war among countries. It has emerged in the postmodern era with the advancement of information technology in the pursuit of power, influence, and security.

This method of war is more menacing and threatening than conventional physical conflict. Cyberwar is a state-sponsored attack which is carried on against other countries and military network. It aims to disrupt vital computer systems with malware, hold it hostage with ransomware, disable it with the flood of the message, or hack data for espionage.

Previously, cyberattack was confined in individual criminals and well-organized gang hackers. At present, this attack has shifted to state-sponsored cyberwarfare. It is becoming increasingly common and dangerous as a means of international conflict in the shadow world. It is anticipated that the US and other large countries have established a cyber warfare unit that supports the military mission. Experts view that the internet is the potential battleground for global conflict. 

Truly, the internet has been a new battlefield between Israel and Iran for more than a decade. Iran's nuclear programme is the bone of contention between Jerusalem and Tehran. It is suspected that a decade ago in 2010, US and Israeli intelligence operatives developed the Stuxnet computer worm to sabotage centrifuges at Iran nuclear facility. More than 1000 centrifuges out of 5000 were reportedly damaged by the virus. 

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization informed that, on July 2 of this year, a fire incident had occurred at Natanz nuclear plant. Israel is suspected of the Natanz explosion. The liability of blast is somewhat attributed to the United States. Ultimately, it was a US-Israeli combined operation.

It is well known that Iran is the prime enemy of the US since 1979 when the Islamic revolution had been occurred and fallen the US loyal Pahlavi regime. Many a time, the United States imposed economic sanction on Iran for creating economic crisis. In 2018, US President Donald Trump’s administration reimposed economic sanction withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the pretext of developing nuclear weapons. It is noteworthy that Iran's nuclear deal was designed in 2015 between Tehran and six world powers to lift international sanctions in exchange for curbing Iran's nuclear programme. 

Since Israel is the United States’ ally, therefore, the US and Israel are hostile countries of Iran. These countries deem Iran as a threat and also a big challenge in terms of controlling Middle East countries as Iran attempts to spread revolutionary Islam to other nations. Qasem Soleimani was a revolutionary leader and tactical general who strengthened Iranian influence in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria as well as expanded military presence in those countries. In the early of this year, Washington assassinated Qasem Soleimani. If Iran is able to exercise dominating power and stretch revolutionary Islam in the Middle East, it will be an existential threat for Israel.

The hegemonic powers like the US, UK, etc. have installed the Zionist regime in the heart of the Islamic world in order to dominate the destiny of Islamic countries. The country kills thousands of people indiscriminately in Palestine through a bullshit doctrine “war on terror”. A large number of problems are facing the Muslim world due to the existence of the Zionist regime. That’s why; Israel is called a "cancerous tumor" of Middle East countries.

Besides, Israel initiated a major cyber attack on an Iranian port named Shahid Rajaee or Bandar Abbas on May 9. It crippled port as well as caused transport chaos for some days. Cyber-attack completely paralyzed the shipping traffic at the Iranian port terminal of Shahid Rajaee. The purpose of Israel's cyber attack on Iran is to halt the progress of Iran's economy.

Israel cites that cyberattack against Iran was a retaliatory response. Israel claims that Iran attacked the water distribution network in April although the attack didn't cause any destruction. Interestingly, neither Israel nor Iran has officially acknowledged each other’s cyberattacks. But, undoubtedly, cyberwarfare is being recurred despite the worst situation amidst coronavirus pandemic. So, it can be entitled as a Cyber pandemic which is a threat to global peace.

It should be kept in mind that cyberwarfare is a crime against humanity and a violation of international law. Sadly, there is a lack of clarification as to how international law is applied and enforced when cyberwar appears among countries. Thus, International humanitarian laws have to be redefined as per cyberwarfare for creating a secure and cyber hygiene environment. There is a need of some norms, values, and rules in cyberspace. Notably, in 2018, many technology companies including Microsoft Corporation and Facebook committed to abstaining from providing any information to the government which is used for cyberattacks against innocent citizens and enterprises.

Cybersecurity is one of the defining challenges of the digital age. Cybersecurity refers to the techniques of protecting computers, networks, programmes, and data from unauthorized access or attacks. Cyber Operation Tracker cites that almost 200 state-sponsored cyber attacks have been occurred by 18 countries since 2005. According to the US intelligence chief, more than 30 countries are developing cyber offensive attack. The US, Russia, China, UK, Israel, North Korea, and Iran are supposed to be the world’s leading practitioners of cyber warfare. 

The writer is a student of Institute of Social Welfare and Research under Social Science faculty, University of Dhaka. Email: [email protected]

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