Israel stopped cyber attack; Yemen’s Houthis may attack Saudi facilities; Assad’s troops seize key town

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Energy minister: Israel stopped ‘very serious’ cyber attack on power plant

Israel detected and prevented a “very serious cyber attack” on one of the country’s power plants, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday.

Addressing the Cybertech Global Tel Aviv 2020 conference, Steinitz said the attempted attack was detected “a few months ago,” and represented one of only a few serious cyber attacks on Israeli energy facilities to date.

“It was detected and neutralized, but it was a very serious, sophisticated attempt to try to control and paralyze one of our power stations,” said Steinitz, adding that the attack targeted a number of additional sites.

Steinitz, who was appointed energy minister in May 2015, emphasized the potential devastation likely to be caused by a successful cyber attack against the energy sector, and particularly nuclear power stations. Israeli cooperation with the United States in the field of cybersecurity places a special emphasis on energy infrastructure, he said.

Yemen’s Houthis say have targeted Saudi Aramco facilities in Jizan

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement has targeted facilities belonging to Saudi Aramco in Jizan on the Red Sea, its military spokesman said on Wednesday in comments reported by the group’s Al Masirah TV.

Aramco declined to comment on the report.

The military spokesman also said the group had targeted the Abha and Jizan airports, Khamis Mushait military base and other sensitive targets in Saudi Arabia “with a large number of rockets and drones”.

He provided no timeframe for the attacks.

Syrian army takes Maaret al-Numan after heavy bombardment

Syrian government forces have captured a strategic rebel-held town in the country’s northwest amid a Russia-backed military offensive that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to safer areas.

Maaret al-Numan, a former anti-government protest hotspot which has turned into a ghost town after months of bombardment, lies on a key highway connecting the capital, Damascus, to Aleppo.

“Our forces managed in the past few days to stamp out terrorism in many villages and town”, including Maaret al-Numan, an army spokesman said in a televised statement on Wednesday.

The army was bent on “hunting down all remaining armed terrorist groups until all Syrian soil has been cleansed of terrorism”, he added.

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Source: TJP, Reuters, Al Jazeera