‘Enemy cyber threat growing,’ warn security experts amid Hamas cyber attacks

The ability of Israel’s enemies to target civilians and members of the armed forces with cyberattacks is growing, security experts have warned.

In August, the Israeli ClearSky cyber security company uncovered a Hamas phony and irremovable rocket-alert application, which, if downloaded, can take over a smartphone and access its camera, location services and communications.

The malware was timed to coincide with an increase in rocket attacks last month, according to the company.

During the summer World Cup, Hamas hackers tried to install spyware on the phones of Israeli soldiers via fake social-media accounts, which convinced them into downloading spyware applications. The soldiers were asked in fluent Hebrew to install “dating apps” that turned out to be spyware.

“Regarding the threat, as time goes by, the enemy improves. Both in its technological capabilities and in its ability to launch campaigns to lure victims [through] social engineering,” the practice of psychologically manipulating people into taking steps

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