Palestinian Cyber Terrorist Arrested, Indicted for Spying on Israeli Aircraft


The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced today that it has caught and indicted a Palestinian cyber-terrorist who gathered information on Israel’s military and civilian aircraft.

The 23-year-old Palestinian, Majder Aweida, is a computer engineer and cybertech expert from Gaza who worked as a radio broadcaster and producer for a radio station belonging to the Islamic Jihad movement.

According to the indictment filed at the Beer-Sheva District Court, Aweida successfully hacked into the Israeli Air Force’s Gaza sector surveillance drone system between the years 2011-2015 and allowed the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza full access in real-time and in high definition to IDF surveillance flights over Gaza.

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement is categorized by the Israeli government, the U.S. State Department and the European Union as an Illegal terrorist organization. It is the second largest military and political faction in Gaza and is considered to be the proxy of Iran in the Gaza strip.

The indictment additionally states that Aweida developed software that enabled him to collect data on aircraft movements at Ben Gurion International Airport such as runway numbers, types of aircraft and their weight, passenger details, and arrival and departure times.

The Shin Bet stated that Aweida was arrested in February 2016 when he left Gaza in order to interview Palestinian candidates in Judea and Samaria for a talent show he was producing.

According to the Ministry of Justice, Aweida was charged with multiple crimes against Israel’s national security including espionage, cyber crimes, and membership in a designated terrorist organization.

According to the Shin Bet, Aweida provided a full confession and admission during interrogation to the crimes with which he was charged.

Tazpit News Agency