Iran hacked computer of former IDF chief

A cyber-hacker working for Iran hacked the computer of a former IDF chief-of-staff, an Israeli television report said Tuesday, and gained access to the unnamed army chief’s entire computer database.

The hacker was named by Channel 10 as Yaser Balaghi. He was said to have subsequently bragged about the hack, but he also inadvertently left behind a means to trace his identity. That error prompted Iran to halt the hacking operation, which targeted 1,800 people worldwide, including Israeli army generals, human rights activists in the Persian Gulf and scientists.

“Balahi admitted he did not work on his own, but on behalf of a cyber organization, who commissioned his work,” said Ron Davidson, the Head of Threat Intelligence and Research at the Tel Aviv-based IT security company Check Point.

The Iranians stopped the operation a few months ago upon realizing they’d been exposed, but only after they’d still managed to extract information, the extent of the damage is still unclear.

According to the report, in the last year Iran’s military launched a cyber attack on dozens of Israeli computers, mostly belonging to current and former senior security officials.