“We revealed today that Israel’s intelligence services prevented the shooting down of an Australian airliner, and I can tell you that this is one of many, many such actions that we did preventing terrorism around the world,” Netanyahu stated.
An elite IDF intelligence unit was successful in exposing and thwarting an Islamic State (ISIS) terror plot to bomb an airliner flying out of Australia at the end of 2017.
According to an army announcement on Wednesday, the IDF’s famed 8200 cyber unit uncovered the plot and then relayed the information to Israel’s intelligence community, which shared it with local Australian enforcement agencies.
Acting on the information, Australia’s security agencies made arrests. The plot was reportedly in the advanced stages of planning and on the verge of execution.
“The thwarting of the terror plot saved dozens of innocent lives and demonstrated that the 8200 unit is a player in the intelligence battle against the Islamic State,” an IDF statement said.
Facing Iran’s cyber attacks
The IDF further exposed that the 8200 unit thwarted an Iranian attempt to execute a cyberattack on Israeli public and private organizations. The foiling of the attempt was enabled by the unit’s close monitoring of Iran’s offensive cyber activities and early detection of attack attempts on Israel.
Unit 8200 is an IDF Intelligence Corps unit responsible for the collecting of signal intelligence (SIGINT) and code decryption. The unit is expert in providing a real-time intelligence situation report to all of Israel’s various intelligence bodies.
Addressing the Conference of Major American Jewish Organizations Mission to Israel in Jerusalem on Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Israel’s intelligence forces.
“We revealed today that Israel’s intelligence services prevented the shooting down of an Australian airliner, and I can tell you that this is one of many, many such actions that we did preventing terrorism around the world,” Netanyahu shared.
“They deserve all your support, not only for protecting the people of Israel, but protecting people everywhere around the world,” he added.
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