Israel's main power company opened a cyber "war room" this week to defend its systems around the clock from hackers. Technicians at Israel Electric will monitor as many as 400 million cyber-attacks and hacking attempts a day.
Israeli President Shimon Peres has spent the past month promoting Israeli technology with stops at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and an online lecture at Cisco Systems that set a Guinness World Record. At an event yesterday, Peres explained why tech is so crucial to Israel's well-being.
Ariel Sharon drew praise from Israelis for buttressing security, respect from some world leaders for withdrawing settlements from the Gaza Strip, and scorn from Arabs who regarded him as a brutal antagonist.