DDoS-for-hire gang escape with light community service sentence

Two men who ran a service making it easy for anybody to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks, capable of knocking websites offline, have been given a six month community service sentence by an Israeli court.

The Shield: the open source Israeli Government app which warns of Coronavirus exposure

The Israeli health ministry released a smartphone app which takes location data from users’ phones in an attempt to determine if they might have been exposed to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Should you be worried about your privacy? Perhaps not.

Teenage girls tempt Israeli soldiers to install spyware for Hamas

It’s not the first time Israeli soldiers have been targeted with Hamas honeytraps to infect their smartphones with spyware.

Two brothers arrested for Bitfinex hack and multi-year cryptocurrency phishing campaign

Computer crime authorities in Israel have arrested two brothers in connection with a phishing campaign that spread over multiple years and the 2016 hack of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Israeli TV’s Eurovision webcast hijacked by hackers. Hamas blamed

Hamas hackers have been blamed for briefly hijacking an Israeli TV webcast of the Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals last night.

Smashing Security podcast #127: I do love the Dutch

Israel strikes back at Hamas’s hacking HQ, a new sextortion email comes with a twist, and Carole saves the world with some help from hacked Roomba vacuum cleaners.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Malicious Life’s Ran Levi.

Israel bombs building containing alleged Hamas hackers

“HamasCyberHQ.exe has been removed” tweeted the Israeli Defense Force.

Honeytraps used to infect Israeli soldiers’ smartphones with spyware

Bogus social networking profiles of young, attractive women are being used to trick soldiers into installing malicious spyware on their smartphones.

Two different ways to attack a drone

Drones are the subject of the latest hacking scoop from The Intercept, based upon documents handed over to them by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Meanwhile, Dutch Police have a different approach…

Israeli TV hijacked by Hamas hackers

Hackers connected to Hamas claimed responsibility for an attack which interrupted regular programming for some satellite TV viewers in Israeli.

Find out more in this article on the Hot for Security blog.

Stuxnet “badly infected” Russian nuclear plant, claims Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky has claimed that the Stuxnet virus – widely believed to have been built by the United States and Israel to disrupt Iran’s nuclear plans – managed to also infect the internal network of a Russian nuclear plant.

Stuxnet: How USA and Israel created anti-Iran virus, and then lost control of it

The Stuxnet virus was created by the USA to target an Iranian nuclear facility, but accidentally escaped into the wider world, claims the New York Times.

Trojan horse helped assassins track Hamas victim

Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official, was murdered at Dubai’s al-Bustan Rotana hotel by a professional assassination team of 11 people.

Now a report claims that a Trojan horse helped the assassins track their victim.

Jewish Chronicle website hacked by ‘Palestinian Mujaheeds’

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Palestinian suspected of phishing Israeli bank accounts

Read more in my article at Naked Security.

Mossad hacked Syrian laptop before bombing nuclear facility

Read more in my article at Naked Security.