Israeli army says Hamas hackers tried to 'seduce' soldiers


The IDF said on Sunday, February 16, that it had thwarted the security breach and that the attack caused "no security damage".

Military spokesman Jonathan Conricus told reporters that the phones of soldiers and officers were hacked by malware that extracted information from the devices and recorded conversations.

Posing as younger ladies on social media, the group struck up friendships with the troopers, sending images, texts and voice messages to them.

The IDF acknowledged that the hacking attempts showed Hamas was getting more sophisticated in its efforts to infiltrate soldiers' phones.

The operatives used fake profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, and Telegram.

'We see that the extent of social engineering is far larger and way more superior and complicated in comparison to earlier makes an attempt achieved by Hamas, ' he stated.

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Col Conricus claimed the cyberpunks had actually impersonated as girls with incomplete Hebrew, asserting to be immigrants or to have aesthetic or hearing problems, in order to show up convincing.

Eventually, they sent the soldiers links to "seduce" them into downloading what they said was a Snapchat-like app to exchange photos that could quickly disappear, Conricus said. But he said that dozens had downloaded the malware.

These apps, which the military identified as Catch&See, ZatuApp and GrixyApp, sought to infect the soldiers phones with malware that would give Hamas total access to the device. No casualties had been reported on both facet.

The Islamic militant group Hamas, which seized power in Gaza from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, has largely observed an informal cease-fire with Israel as Egyptian and United Nations mediators have tried to bring about a more lasting truce.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, and also Israel check out each various other as temporal adversaries. Early Sunday, Israel carried out a lot of airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza in response to the firing of two projectiles from Gaza into southern Israel.

Emboldened by US President Donald Trump's all-out support, Israel has stepped up its settlement construction activities in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which pronounced settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds "a flagrant violation under global law".