January 27, 2014
Hackers broke into Israeli defence ministry computers via an email attachment tainted with malicious software, according to an Israeli cyber-security company.
Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Seculert, said the hackers temporarily took over 15 computers this month, one of them belonging to Israel’s civil administration, which monitors Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territory. The email attachment looked as if it had been sent by the country’s Shin Bet secret security service.
Raff said Palestinians were suspected of being behind the cyber-attack, citing similarities to an attack on Israeli computers more than a year ago from a server in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. While the latest attack was conducted from a server in the US, experts noticed writing and composition similarities with the earlier attack, he said.