Palestinian Hackers Launch Advanced Cyberspying Operation, Israeli Firm Says

Hackers linked to Hamas exploited Facebook, Dropbox and Google Drive to send out spyware targeting Arab leaders and states – using Netanyahu and MBS as bait

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Hackers affiliated with Hamas have launched a complex cyberespionage campaign targeting Arab officials and political leaders across the Middle East, an Israeli cybersecurity firm revealed Wednesday.

The attackers made use of legitimate platforms like Facebook, Dropbox and Google Docs to send out the spyware, in what the researchers claim is a show of new capabilities which have previously been attributed to state actors.

According to the report by Cybereason, which was vetted for Haaretz by two independent cybersecurity experts, the team behind the attack is “Molerats'', also known as “The Gaza Cybergang.” The group was first revealed in 2012 and has been linked to Hamas and previous attacks against Israel and the Palestinian Authority, according to the firm and one of the experts.


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