What is the issue - Attackers hacked Israeli officials’ computers and mobile phones, stole information, and sold it to Iran.
Why it matters - The affected Israeli officials includes Isreali Prime Minister Ehud Barak and former Cheif of General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces Benny Gantz.
As the news broke, Barak tweeted, “Breaking News! Gantz hacking. From personal experience, do not get excited. There is nothing sensitive relating to the security of the state. Iranian hacking? Not sure. More likely — regular phishing from a pool of millions of names,”
The big picture
Barak, whose phone was hacked months ago was warned of the hack last July by Nadav Argaman, head of Israel’s intelligence agency Shin Bet. Shin Bet agency also notified Gantz about the recent hack five weeks ago.
Gantz and his Kachol Lavan confirmed of the hack, however, they denied Iranian hackers to be responsible for the hack.
“We don't comment on issues that are at the heart of state security. It is important to emphasize that this incident happened four years after Gantz finished his tenure as chief of staff, [a fact] that raises many questions regarding the timing of the report's publication,” an official statement read, SC Magazine reported.