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Israeli Soldiers' Sensitive Data Hacked- Report

Israeli Soldiers' Sensitive Data Hacked- Report

Monday, 27 August, 2018 - 05:45
© Gil Cohen Magen / Reuters
Ramallah- Asharq Al-Awsat
Personal details of hundreds of thousands of Israeli soldiers were hacked and sold to outside parties over the course of several years, Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority revealed on Sunday.

An investigation by the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has revealed that between 2011 and 2014 staffers from the recruitment unit accessed the files of thousands of Israeli soldiers-to-be.

According to Israeli media, the four suspected perpetrators used a specially developed program to fish out personal data from these files, including the recruits' and their relatives' contacts. The perpetrators, undetected for years, allegedly sold this information to marketing companies and other third parties.

The information stolen included personal data on those born between 1988-1993, who were at the time preparing for military service. The hacked data included contact details, the number of children in the family and the individual’s designated role within the armed forces, the probe discovered.

The hacking went on unnoticed for years, until complaints from former servicemen about annoying telemarketing calls began to pile up as early as 2011. Frustrated complainants noted that fraudsters, pretending to be officials for the ‘Center for Discharged Soldiers’ or ‘Counseling and Guidance for Discharged Soldiers’ tried offering them a range of services and products under discounted prices.

The ISA accuses the suspects of violation of privacy, conspiracy, and bribery. Their names have not been shared with the public.

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