The Israel Telecommunications Authority (ITA) announced late Tuesday that the country’s two major internet service providers, Tel Aviv-based Vyve and US-based Bright House Networks, had suffered “critical” network issues affecting their services and that it was taking “appropriate action.”
The news comes just a day after Israel’s Supreme Court blocked a ruling by a high-ranking court that said that a Tel Aviv man who sought to launch a “massive cyber attack” on Vyce’s network was barred from doing so.
The ruling comes just days after Israel banned the use of software called “Wiper” to block malicious websites from spreading on the countrys Internet backbone.
The ruling, in response to a complaint filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said that the software, which is free, was not specifically designed to block malware and that Vybe’s software did not provide a way to block or limit the spread of malware.
The ITA said that in addition to blocking the software and the malware, the agency had also temporarily shut down the services of the other two providers.
The agency said that it would review all its systems to determine the cause of the problems, but said that its primary concern was that Vysve and Bright House were not operating properly.
The company had reported network issues to the ITA on Friday and on Tuesday, but the ITC ruled that the company was not properly informed.
The shutdowns are part of the government’s efforts to ensure that Internet service providers can continue to function safely in the face of cyber attacks.
Earlier this month, the government shut down services to the main Palestinian news website Al Jazeera and to a Palestinian news site called Wafa.
In recent years, the IHA has been criticized by many Internet users for allowing Israeli ISPs to operate at speeds much slower than those required for domestic use.