Report: Iran hacked former IDF chief's computer

According to Ch. 10 report, cyber hackers working for Iran have over the past year penetrated dozens of computers belonging to Israelis, markedly senior security officials.

February 9, 2016 22:09
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Cyber hackers [illustrative]

Cyber hackers [illustrative]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 Iran's Revolutionary Guards managed to hack the private computer used by a former IDF chief of staff, Channel 10 reported on Tuesday night.

According to the report, Iranian cyber hackers over the past year have penetrated dozens of computers belonging to Israelis, markedly senior security officials.

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However, the extent of damage and withdrawn information remains unknown.

Iran in recent years has boasted of its cyber warfare capabilities and undoubtedly has continued to make more advancements in the field.

According to the reported Channel 10 findings, hackers working for the Islamic Republic have breached computers belonging to more than 1,800 individuals.

Victim of the cyber attacks included hundreds of Israelis, primarily past and present senior officials.

The report noted that Israeli cyber security experts were able to identify one negligent hacker working for Iran, Yasser Balachi, who mistakenly revealed his e-mail address.

"Balachi said that he had not operated on his own initiative, rather for another cyber organization that commissioned the work," Channel 10 quoted Ron Davidson, the head of security services at Israeli cyber firm Check Point, as saying.

The report added that the cyber activities stopped a few months ago when the Iran realized that its operations had been exposed. Nevertheless, the hackers allegedly managed to extract information in one of the latest instances of ongoing global cyber warfare.

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