Gaza hackers use porn in cyberattack

A group of hackers from Gaza used pornographic videos in a wide-scale cyberattack on several Israeli institutions and individuals.

A report titled “Operation Arid Viper: Bypassing the Iron Dome,” released Feb. 16 by the cyber-security company Trend Micro, detailed the hacking campaign carried out by tech workers from Gaza. The report called the strategy of using pornographic videos “distinct” and “previously unseen.”

The hackers sent individuals a phishing email with a “pornographic movie” meant to embarrass targets into ignoring the cyber infiltration, the report said.

According to Trend Micro, Operation Arid Viper targeted a government office, transportation service providers, a military organization and an academic institution in Israel, as well as an academic institution in Kuwait and several Israeli individuals.

Trend Micro identified three men with “some apparent connection” to Operation Arid Viper: Khalid Samra, Ahmed Jmal and Mahmoud Hashem. One of the reasons for their success, the report said, was that they launched their attacks from outside Gaza. The attacks originated in Germany, so they didn’t trigger an alert to the Israeli Internet service “ban list.” — jta

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