The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) had hacked the phones of hundreds of Israeli soldiers and officers for months, and obtained information, an official Israeli channel said on Sunday.
Israeli public Tv channel Kan added that the Israeli occupation army and the Shin Bet security service (Shabak) disrupted malicious applications that helped Hamas penetrate cell phones.
“Hamas penetrated the phones’ systems through 3 applications that transmit information from the phones, including the camera and the recorder”.
“These applications were transmitted through social media conversations held by fake Hamas figures with Israeli soldiers and officers and persuaded them to continue to communicate through certain applications”, the channel explained.
“Hamas ran 3 applications, and when the soldiers installed them on their phones, they were informed that their devices were not supported and that they had disappeared. But those applications were running in the background, and Hamas provided information for months”.
“The concern is about a hacking, which is the third of its kind by Hamas in the past three and a half years”.
“In the beginning, the imaginary figures presented themselves to the soldiers and officers, through social media, including the Telegram, as being deaf or hard of hearing, and thus managed to conduct a dialogue without raising doubts about the lack of a voice conversation”.
“The fake personalities, who claimed to reside outside Israel, sent messages with general female voices, to increase confidence among the Israeli soldiers”.
“The fake characters used Israeli (hashtags) to create a kind of confidence and changed their supposed images so that they are not exposed when searching on the Internet, besides using the colloquial (Hebrew) language and several Israeli platforms”.
The head of the Israeli army’s Information Security Department, Colonel “R” told the Israeli KAN channel that Hamas had not obtained important information.
“We have implemented a process of technological frustration … This is a well-known structure that we damaged part of it last May”, he added.
The Israeli army announced, in a statement on Sunday morning, “a successful technological frustration of the Hamas server networks, after renewed attempts to hack the soldiers’ phones, as Hamas tried to communicate with the soldiers via social media and lured them to install malicious applications, but this time like its predecessors failed”.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Hamas, Hazem Qassem, told Anadolu news agency, “The war of minds is continuing between the resistance and the occupation in the context of the full confrontation with it”.
“The intelligence mind of the resistance has proven its ability to confront the security services of the occupation, which was embodied in previous battles”.