At least two Israeli companies were hit by major cyberattacks this week. The first attack targeted Israeli software firm Amital Data, and many of its clients. The second took aim at Habana Labs, a producer of processors, working under Intel. The two attacks are being attributed to the Iranian hacking group "Pay2Key," which is targeting Israeli firms at a rapid and alarming rate. Research conducted by cyberintelligence firm OP Innovate has revealed that the Iranian hackers managed to hit more than 80 targets in the Israeli market. The latest incidents come just days after it was revealed that a major cyberattack hit dozens of Israeli logistics companies earlier this month. A specific report of that incident was filed with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by the freight company, Orian, one of the victims in the attack. Iran is believed to be the likely culprit.
Health officials reportedly believe that Israel will reach 5,000 to 6,000 new, daily coronavirus cases before the effects of recent restrictions kick in. They are pushing for significant constraints, or another lockdown, in order to gain control of the virus, according to a report by Channel 12 news Thursday. Earlier in the week,the coronavirus cabinet tentatively approved a series of measures, including the complete re-shuttering of the commercial sector, and a return to online learning for grades 1-4 in locales with high case numbers. Israel has already had two national lockdowns since the outbreak began in March. A few of the restrictions from the second lockdown have been in place since mid-September. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry may push the coronavirus cabinet to label all foreign countries as “red” in a move that would force every returning traveler to quarantine for 10 days upon return.
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