Israeli soldiers August 15, 2015. - Mahmoud Illean / AP / SIPA
The attacks are also in the field of technology ... The Israeli army said on Sunday that it thwarted an attempted cyber attack by the Palestinian movement Hamas, which it claimed was trying to hack into the soldiers' cell phones, baiting them with false profiles "attractive" young women.
The phones of a few dozen soldiers have been targeted, but the army considers that there has been "no significant loss of information," said his spokesman, Jonathan Conricus, during a press briefing. . It was the third attempted cyber attack of its kind by Israel's enemy, Hamas, in four years targeting soldiers' smartphones, the military said.
Soldiers were encouraged to click a link to download an application
Messages supposedly from "attractive" young women were sent to the soldiers via Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Telegram, the spokesman said. It is the first time that Hamas has used Telegram, he said. Once contact was made, soldiers were encouraged to click on a link to download an application to exchange photos.
These applications - which the military has identified as Catch & See, ZatuApp and GrixyApp - were to infect soldiers' phones with malware and give full access to the devices.
"Hamas' hostile actions in the virtual world have repercussions in the real world"
The military did not specify by what means it had determined that the hacks were carried out by Hamas, but cited "obvious evidence". The attack was launched several months ago and Israel has been carrying out "defensive activity" for the past few days, without excluding reprisals, said Jonathan Conricus, without specifying the nature of these reprisals. "Hamas' hostile actions in the virtual world have repercussions in the real world," he said.
A fragile truce has been in effect since May between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. Three wars have opposed the two camps since 2008.
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