(ReliableNews.org) – The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were the target of cybercrime recently, and the Hamas militant group were their attackers.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus says the militants posed as young female immigrants and started conversations with the IDF soldiers. Once the “women” believed they were friends with the military members, they would send a link that they claimed would allow them to share photos with the Israelis.
When the links were clicked on, they infected the soldiers’ smartphones or computers with malware that allowed them to obtain the device’s data. The virus also allowed the militants to take control of the device’s microphone and camera to take pictures and recordings.
IDF, however, knew what was going on and allowed the militants to continue:
Hamas created fake social media profiles, using photos including this one, in an attempt to hack the phones of IDF soldiers.
What Hamas didn’t know was that Israeli intelligence caught onto their plot, tracked the malware & downed Hamas’ hacking system.#CatfishCaught
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 16, 2020
Israel says no sensitive or military information was obtained by Hamas during the attack.
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