The smartphones of dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas fighters pretending to be attractive young women online, an Israeli military official said on Wednesday.
Using fake profiles on Facebook with alluring photos, Hamas members contacted the soldiers via groups on the social network, luring them into long chats, the official told journalists on condition of anonymity.
Dozens of the predominantly lower-ranked soldiers were convinced enough by the honey trap to download fake applications which enabled Hamas to take control of their phones, according to the official.
The official however did not say how the army determined that those behind the scheme were from Hamas.
Hamas officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
“The enemy knows the language of young people and installed viruses that can control the telephones of dozens of soldiers,” the official said.
The actual damage done to the army was limited and the virus has been dealt with, the official added, but the army has decided to raise the issue publicly to warn soldiers of the potential dangers of social networks.