Sunday, 3 April 2016

Israel: US National Security Agency head secretly visits Israel

Michael S. Rogers is a United States Navy admiral who serves as Commander of the 
U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the 
Central Security Service since April 3, 2014

Admiral Michael Rogers’ visit touched on deepening cooperation between 
Israeli and American intelligence units, especially against cyber attacks by 
Iran and Hezbollah.

National Security Agency (NSA) director Admiral Michael Rogers reportedly 
made a secret trip to Israel last week for a working visit that dealt with forging 
closer ties and cooperation in the cyber security field with the IDF’s elite 8200 
Intelligence Unit, especially in relation to warding off cyber attacks by 
Iran and Hezbollah.
According to Israel’s Haaretz, which quoted an unnamed “senior Israeli official,
” Rogers came to Israel as a guest of the commander of Unit 8200, Israel’s 
electronic espionage unit, and also met with senior officials from other 
Israeli intelligence agencies. 
Rogers did not meet with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot or the director 
of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Herzl Halevi in the course of his stay, a possible 
testament to the secrecy of the visit.

Just a few days before Rogers’ arrival in Israel, the US indicted seven Iranian 
hackers with ties to the Iranian military for cyber attacks on US banks and a dam 
in New York State, attacks carried out at the behest of the Iranian Revolutionary 
Guards (IRGC).

Israel has attained global stature in cybersecurity and electronic warfare, 
as it faces thousands of attacks from multiple sources on its systems annually.
The NSA and Unit 8200 have reportedly cooperated in the past, and 
specifically in attacks on Iran’s nuclear production systems.