IDF cyber warfare room 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy IDF)
A Chinese Trojan horse email campaign targeting some 140 senior Israeli defense
corporation employees was thwarted recently, Channel 2 said in a report on
On Monday, a senior Israeli defense source said he was
unaware of such developments. The Israel Aerospace Industries corporation did
not deny or confirm the report, saying instead in a statement, "We don't comment
in the media about information security issues."
According to the report, some of
the defense company figures who received the email are involved in highly
classified, sensitive security projects.
The email was made to appear as
if it came from a known German company that regularly works with the Israeli
However, it turned out to to contain a Trojan horse, which,
according to the report, attempted to funnel information from the recipients'
computers. The Trojan horse was noticed by computer defense systems and shut
down, the report added.
The defense establishment then realized how many
Israelis received the email, and reportedly tracked the malicious program down
to Chinese defense industries.
The incident led security companies to
reiterate to employees computer security guidelines.