The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday warned soldiers about Hamas hackers who have been trying to install spyware on their phones via a World Cup app and two online dating sites, Times of Israel reports.
IDF intelligence officers said over 100 soldiers had been affected by the scam.
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 from Google Store.
In most cases, the officers said, soldiers did not download the apps and in many cases informed their superiors.
“Thanks to the soldiers’ vigilance, Hamas’ intelligence infrastructure was exposed before it caused actual security damage,” the IDF said.