IDF foils Hamas phone hacking scheme against Israeli soldiers

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)

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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.

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Judge in Roger Stone’s case schedules phone conference ahead of sentencing date

In this Feb. 21, 2019, photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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UPDATED 1:49 PM PT — Sunday, February 16, 2020

The case of Roger Stone took a new turn just days ahead of his sentencing. On Sunday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson called for an on-the-record telephone conference for this coming Tuesday with attorneys from both sides. It’s not clear what the discussion will focus on.

This came amid speculation that President Trump could pardon Stone after the DOJ moved to alter its sentencing recommendation last week.

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., arrives at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Meanwhile, some Republican senators said Stone is facing a disproportionately tough sentence.

“Roger Stone is pretty good at bad decisions and nobody would confuse him with Alexander Hamilton,” stated Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “Being, Mr. Stone’s status as a chucklehead is not a criminal act.”

The upcoming conference comes after Stone’s attorneys filed a motion for a new trial last week amid allegations of potential juror bias.

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