Israel says its enemies are increasing their intelligence gathering efforts

Intelligence gathering

Intelligence gathering

by Yaakov Katz
The Jerusalem Post

Efforts by Israel’s enemies to gather intelligence on the IDF have increased recently particularly by use of signal intelligence capabilities, a senior Military Intelligence officer warned on Monday.

The officer said that Israel’s adversaries were using technology available on the civilian market for intelligence- gathering purposes. The focus was on various military communication systems as well as cyber space.

“We are seeing an improvement by the other side in its ability to gather intelligence,” the officer said. “They can buy civilian equipment to gather intelligence and there is also the ability of a number of groups with varying capabilities to work against us.”

Due to the increase in the perceived threat, the IDF Information Security Unit embarked Monday on a new campaign aimed at raising awareness throughout the military and among reservists of the need to protect information obtained in the military.

“The potential for information to leak from the IDF is increasing and the challenge to safeguard a secret is greater,” the officer said, noting for example the use of socialmedia sites by soldiers and reservists.

Access to the Internet, the officer said, posed a major challenge since it enabled soldiers to simply take information – even if not maliciously – and post it online. As an example, the officer referred to a recent case when a soldier posted on his Facebook page that his unit was planning an operation that night in a specific Palestinian village in the West Bank.

The IDF had to cancel the operation.

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