Iran reportedly hacks former IDF chief’s computer

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( Iranian hackers have reportedly managed to hack into a private computer used by a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff as well as dozens of other computers belonging to Israelis.

According to a report by Israel’s Channel 10, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards launched a cyber-attack last year on dozens of Israeli computers that mostly belonged to current or former Israeli security officials. While the Iranians ceased the operation after their efforts were discovered, what remains unclear is the extent of the damage caused by the hackers and what specific information they took. 

The report also said that Israeli cyber-security experts were able to identify one of the hackers, Yasser Balachi, who had mistakenly revealed his email address.

“Balachi said that he had not operated on his own initiative, rather for another cyber organization that commissioned the work,” said Ron Davidson, head of security services at Israeli cyber-security firm Check Point.

Posted on February 9, 2016 .