A military spokesman said the Israeli army is seeking “hackers who were born and raised online” to break into databases for espionage purposes, Ynet news reported.
Speaking at a panel on the subject of the digital medium as strategic weapon in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu said the Israeli army was searching for 120 hackers who are well-versed in all things web. The “new media fighters” will be screened with “special care” and trained to serve Israel, he added.
Benayahu said the Internet had had a significant impact on recent uprisings in Arab nations such as Tunisia and Egypt.
“We cannot but be impressed at how Western technology harms regimes at the other end of the spectrum, such as Iran, or at how one cell phone camera can harm a regime more than any intelligence agency’s operations,” he said.