Codename Operation Broken Heart – Hamas cyber terrorists tried to hack IDF soldiers’ phones

The IDF launched a campaign to warn its soldiers of Hamas hackers trying to hack the mobile phones through a malicious World Cup score-tracking app and two bogus dating apps.

The three Android apps, which have since been removed from the Google Play Store, were designed to infect troops’ phones with data-stealing malware and turn on cameras and microphones for live spying, two Israeli military security officers said.

The first two apps were called Glancelove and Winkchat, supposed dating apps. The third, Golden Cup, was filled with information about the World Cup.

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Hamas cyber terrorists operate as stolen identities in order to talk to people, get their personal information, retrieve sensitive security information, and download malicious applications that turn cell phones into weapons. Thanks to IDF soldiers’ vigilance, there was no damage to Israel’s security.

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Sometimes, to try to cover up their incorrect Hebrew, the terrorists running the profiles say that they are new immigrants. Once the infected application is downloaded, terrorists can collect contacts from the phone, enable access to SMS messages and call history, locate the phone and control the volume in order to listen to the user, download and remove files and applications, collect files and pictures, and even take pictures from the device.

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“In the framework of Operation Broken Heart, we have a number of tasks: first and foremost, to refresh the guidelines for intelligence activity online for all soldiers,” Col. A explained.

“Second, to operate a regular operations room to receive reports and to use the wisdom of the masses to continue identifying other suspicious characters and apprehensions. Thanks to the soldiers’ awareness, alertness, and willingness to report the incidents, Israel’s security was not damaged.”

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In order to protect Israel’s security, the Information Security Department has issued updated guidelines that instruct soldiers how to act if they encounter a fictitious profile. Additionally, the department has made a conscious effort to raise awareness of this issue and emphasize the importance of soldiers’ reporting suspicious incidents.