Iranian hackers leak Mossad Chief’s personal information
On Wednesday, Iranian hackers posted a video on an anonymous Telegram channel containing personal photos and documents allegedly obtained from the phone of Mossad Director David Barnea’s wife.
According to Israeli media, the video was posted on the “Open Hands” channel, which was created on Tuesday.
Its owners claimed that the information was obtained during a “lengthy intelligence operation” against Barnea that began in 2014.
Barnea was appointed as the head of Israel’s intelligence agency in June 2021.
“We have a small gift for the Mossad: ‘With LOVE for David.'” “Happy Purim,” one of the channel’s posts said, referring to the Jewish holiday celebrated this week.
The video includes photos apparently taken on a family vacation in Copenhagen in 2014, a photocopy of his I.D. card, tax documents, plane tickets, and a satellite image of what the hackers claim is his home in central Israel.
The channel also published a Koranic quote and a promise to release more personal information on the Mossad chief soon.
According to the Times of Israel, this is not the first time that alleged Iranian hackers have published stolen personal information on targets.
According to the TOI, an Iranian-linked hacking group, Black Shadow, targeted an Israeli hosting company last year, temporarily shutting down a number of websites and stealing user data from “Atraf,” an Israeli LGBT dating site. Some of the data was later made public.
According to the TOI report, Black Shadow also stole a large amount of information from Israeli insurance company Shirbit in 2020 and then sold it on the dark web after the company refused to pay a ransom.