Mossad hacked Syrian laptop before bombing nuclear facility

Graham Cluley
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According to reports in Der Spiegel, agents working for the Israel’s Mossad intelligence service planted a Trojan horse on a computer belonging to a senior official in the Syrian government, gathering information which lead to an air-raid on a nuclear project in Syria’s eastern desert.

The attack on the partly-constructed Syrian nuclear facility occurred in September 2007, a year after a top Syrian official is said to have left his laptop in his room in a swanky hotel in Kensington, London.

According to Der Spiegel:

The Syrian official was under Mossad surveillance and turned out to be incredibly careless, leaving his computer in his hotel room when he went out. Israeli agents took the opportunity to install a…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.