In the past, the Hamas group has used the same catfishing techniques, but instead of installing malware on the soldiers' smartphones, they trick them into going out on dates, where the soldier would be ambushed, kidnapped and sometimes killed.
Members of the Hamas Palestinian militant group have posed as young teenage girls to lure Israeli soldiers into installing malware-infected apps on their phones, a spokesperson for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said today.
This is the second time that Hamas agents pull off a social media catfishing campaign in order to trick IDF soldiers into installing malware on their devices. They tried this tactic before in January 2017.
The tactic of using social media profiles of attractive young women in order to trick western military officials and soldiers into installing malware on their devices has also been used by Hezbollah (an Islamist political party and militant group based in Lebanon, which the US and fellow NATO countries have labeled as a terrorist organization).
This is not the first time when hackers have used photos of attractive women to trap their victims. In fact, this is not the first campaign in which Israeli users have been lured into installing spyware on their phone by hackers using fake photos of attractive women. In January 2017, Hamas was found hacking dozens of smartphones belonging to IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldiers using tons of seductive female images on Facebook and tricking soldiers into downloading malware which stole their text messages photos, contacts, WhatsApp conversations and identified their location. 153554b96e