In the midst of the ongoing cyber war, Iran is employing a new tactic: doxing Israeli enemies

0

Iran on Wednesday released the name, photo, phone number and home address of an Israeli cybersecurity expert who specializes in Iranian hacking efforts – its latest game in an ongoing cyber war.

The information was released by Fars News, an Iranian outlet operated by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The disclosure of the information, or doxing, served as a tacit threat to both the cybersecurity specialist himself and other Israelis doing similar work.

In addition to his name, phone number and home address, Fars also published his date of birth, email address, social media addresses and a photo of his home from the cybersecurity expert. Most of the information appears to have come from his social media accounts and other open sources.

The Israeli man appeared to have been targeted by the IRGC for his work in the Israel Defense Forces in the cyber-focused unit 8200 of Military Intelligence; and in the civilian world for a cybersecurity firm, Clear Sky, which uncovered a number of Iranian hacking attacks.

Israel and Iran have been embroiled in a largely silent cyber war for years, which occasionally bubbles to the surface.

Last month, Iran accused Israel of being behind a cyber attack on the country’s gas stations, putting them out of service for a week.

Days later, an Iranian-affiliated hacker group, Black Shadow, targeted an Israeli hosting company, temporarily suspended a number of websites and stole user data from Atraf, an Israeli LGBT dating site.

Black Shadow also stole a huge pool of information from Israeli insurance company Shirbit last year and then sold it on the dark web when the company refused to pay a ransom.

In 2010, the Stuxnet virus – believed to have been developed by Israel and the US – infected Iran’s nuclear program and caused a series of failures in centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

After the Stuxnet virus, Iran disconnected a large part of its infrastructure from the Internet.

Give a Hanukkah gift that enlightens

Here is a Hanukkah gift that will bring knowledge and insight about Israel and the Jewish people.

A gift membership to the Times of Israel Community entitles your recipient to a discounted special price for a whole year.

Find out more Find out more Are you already a member? Log in to no longer see this

You are serious We appreciate that!

That is why we come to work every day – to give discerning readers like you indispensable coverage of Israel and the Jewish world.

So now we have a request. Unlike other news agencies, we haven’t set up a paywall. However, because the journalism we conduct is costly, we invite readers to whom The Times of Israel has become important to join us and support our work The Times of Israel Community.

For only $ 6 a month, you can support our quality journalism while enjoying The Times of Israel AD-FREE, as well as access to exclusive content only available to members of the Times of Israel community.

Join our community Join our community Already a member? Log in to no longer see this

Share.

About Author

Comments are closed.