ESET: Hacker who identifies as Palestinian behind cyberattack on Israeli hospitals

ESET cyber security researchers are claiming that the virus that attacked computers in two Israeli hospitals last week was released by a hacker who identifies as a Palestinian. The virus is a spy tool designed to extract information.
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According to cyber security researchers at ESET, the cyberattack that hit two Israeli hospitals last week was conducted by a hacker who identifies as a Palestinian. It was also discovered that the computer virus that was used in the attack is a spy tool designed to extract information.

The analysis conducted by the IT firm revealed that the virus that infected dozens of computers in the hospitals is capable of recording desktop displays and keylogging, which allows hackers to steal usernames and passwords to various services and sites.

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The information that was stolen was sent to a domain named Palestineop.com, which sheds light on the hacker’s identity. In most of the previous cyberattacks that were carried out against Israeli institutions and used the word “Palestine,” hackers linked to organizations such as Hamas and Anonymous were behind them.



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