Hizballah hackers used ‘catfishing’ techniques on social media to infiltrate mobile devices worldwide, according to a Monday release from the Czech Security Intelligence Service (BIS), as reported by Radio Praha (Prague).
Hizballah operatives posed as attractive women on Facebook to seduce users into downloading a “more private and secure application.”
Those who installed the application gave the hackers access to sensitive information such as GPS data, photographs, contacts, and communications. The hackers could also secretly enable the recording function on a particular mobile device and spy on the target.
The cyber-attacks originated from the Middle East, the BIS press release said, and focused on targets across Europe and the United States.
The Czech intelligence service revealed that it cooperated with international partners to identify and disarm servers used in this particular case of Hizballah’s cyber espionage campaign.