Israeli defense official sacked for information breach

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Defense Ministry says it has dismissed a senior official for a "serious information security breach." Yair Ramati headed a branch of the ministry developing Israel's missile defense system. He served in the position for four years. The ministry announced Ramati's...

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Defense Ministry says it has dismissed a senior official for a "serious information security breach."

Yair Ramati headed a branch of the ministry developing Israel's missile defense system. He served in the position for four years.

The ministry announced Ramati's dismissal late Sunday. It gave no further details, but defense officials said he had kept sensitive information on his personal computer. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Israel is considered a world leader in missile-defense technology. It is developing a multilayered system meant to defend against everything from long-range guided missile attacks from Iran to crude rockets fired from Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

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