Using the popular messaging application WhatsApp, Hamas is trying to hijack soldiers of the Israeli army to gain access to Israeli military secrets.
As a spokesman for the Israeli army said, some members of the Hamas terrorist group are representing Israeli soldiers in order to gain access to confidential information.
According to the spokesman's statement, the messages sent to the soldiers were like this: "Hello, I am Yisrael from the 51 Battalion." Many were the soldiers who reported receiving messages who asked them for information about the training programs and movements of the military department.
The spokesman also said that "the Israeli army is aware of enemy activity and follows its efforts on social networks. We call on all military and civilian personnel to act with care and responsibility. "
In May, victim of hackers the Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Tel Aviv, also fell as cartoons appeared, showing explosions in the coastal part of the city. The contest was broadcast from Israel's Kan 11 radio station, but instead of the popular music contest, messages such as "Warning: Rocket Attack, Please find shelter" and "Israel is not safe. You will see it! "
Behind this cyberattack it was revealed that Hamas was, which was confirmed by the National Cyber Directorate of the country, which provides assistance and guidance on cyber-defense issues.
In a tweet at 5 May, the Israeli army claimed that "it prevented a Hamas Cyber Attack attempt against Israeli targets. After the successful defensive operation, we targeted a building used by Hamas for its attacks. The HamasCyberHQ.exe program has been removed. "Also in the tweet there was an image of the building that the team was working on.
This is the first known attack on a physical target in response to a cyberattack. An Israeli army spokesman, Brigadier Ronen Manlis, argued that "after addressing the digital dimension, the [Israeli] Air Force also faced the physical dimension," adding that "Hamas currently has no operational capabilities in the cyberspace. "
Yesterday's revelation, however, contradicts these claims. The group has used other methods to gain access to Israeli businesses, including the creation of false profiles Facebook and accounts on dating sites for tracking Israeli soldiers' phones.
In July of 2018, the Haaretz newspaper reported that Hamas had used online dating platforms and applications of the World Cup for the deployment of malware in Android smartphones, allowing members of the movement to access pictures, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of soldiers near the Gaza Strip.