Masked Hamas militants wave their green flags during a protest against the Mideast plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, after the Friday prayer at the main road in Gaza City, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
UPDATED 3:30 PM PT — Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Israeli Intelligence thwarted a plot from Hamas after the group attempted to hack Israeli soldiers’ phones via social media.
On Monday, the Israeli Defense Forces tweeted “hashtag catfish caught” on a photo of an attractive young woman, which IDF officials said is an example of a decoy Hamas used to lure soldiers.
The hacking scheme planned to get soldiers to start friendships with the women who had real social media profiles, but would eventually lead them to downloading apps containing malware.
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said he now knows how clever the Hamas group has recently become.
“We see that the level of social engineering is much higher and much more advanced and sophisticated when compared to previous attempts done by Hamas,” stated Conricus. “We see that they’re of course learning and upping their game.”
A military official stated while dozens of phones were hacked, they do not believe any military intelligence was leaked as the scheme was detected early on.