Israel says it repelled a wide-ranging cyberattack

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Trainees work in front of their computers at the "Cyber Gym" center, where IT and infrastructure company employees train to defend against cyber attacks on October 30, 2013 near the Israeli city of Hadera. The facility, a series of small buildings in the shadow of the looming Orot Rabin power station on Israel's northern coastline, was inaugurated this month by the Israel Electric Corp (IEC), which has experienced its fair share of cyber attacks. (Photo Credit: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel says it has repelled a large cyberattack on government offices and private citizens.

The national cyber bureau at the prime minister’s office said Wednesday that hackers posed as a “legitimate organization” and targeted “about 120 organizations, government offices, public institutions and private citizens.”

The Haaretz daily said Israel believes the attack was directed by a foreign country with a group of hackers.

It said the attack was aimed at infiltrating organizations involved in civilian research, development and “advanced technologies.”

Israel established the national cyber bureau several years ago to coordinate its defense against attacks on its infrastructure and networks. Israel has established itself as a world leader in cyber technology innovation.