Hamas Uses Seduction Girls To Dupe 100 Soldiers Into Downloading Spyware

Military intelligence officers say no damage to security after soldiers fall for terror group cyberplot, but launch new campaign to highlight cellphone vulnerabilities

The Israel Defense Force launched a campaign Tuesday to warn its soldiers about Hamas hackers who have been trying to install spyware on their phones via a World Cup app and two online dating sites. About 100 soldiers were duped into doing downloading the spyware, the IDF said, though it insisted no damage had been done to Israeli security.

The military said it had uncovered a plot by the Gaza-based terror group to spy on soldiers by befriending them on social media and then luring them into downloading fake applications it has created that give Hamas access to their smartphones — turning on the phone cameras and recording devices, and accessing the phones’ content.

A Facebook profile said by the IDF to be fake and part of a Hamas effort to target soldiers with spyware. Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
The Wink Chat app used by Hamas to lure Israeli soldiers, according to the IDF. Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit

The military said the first two apps were called Glancelove and Winkchat, supposed dating apps. The third, Golden Cup, was filled with information about the World Cup taking place in Russia.

The photos used on social media to initially reach out to the soldiers belonged to real women whose photos and personal details were stolen from their Facebook profiles. Some were scantily clad and kissing each other. Conversations over Facebook and WhatsApp were conducted in everyday Hebrew from Israeli mobile numbers, and the military said those operating the accounts were not necessarily based in Gaza.

Attackers used stolen identities to create convincing fake Facebook profiles of young Israelis, written in fluent Hebrew studded with current slang. They then initiated flirtatious exchanges with their targets, before encouraging them to download the apps.

There was also additional bait of FIFA World Cup action with an app offering “HD live streaming of games, summaries and live updates.”

“What Hamas is bringing to the table is a very good knowledge of our young people and their state of mind,” another officer said.

Asked how he could be sure Hamas was behind the online offensive, he declined to say but insisted there was no doubt.

The assailants uploaded their custom-built Golden Cup, Wink Chat, and Glance Love applications to the Google Store, to make them seem legitimate, according to the officers.


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