By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
According to a report by the private security firm Seculert, 15 Israeli defense computers were hacked and taken over by a aggressor for several days.
The Israeli establishment has made no comment.
The report says that 15 civil service computers were hacked. The computers were part of the agency in charge of Palestinian movements into and out of Israel, they are the division that issues passes for Palestinians to enter Israel.
The malware was XtremeRat. This is the second time in two years that this particular malware has gotten a foothold into Israeli defense computers. It was probably accomplishes by the same hacker on both occasions.
XtremeRat got into the system masquerading as a Shin Bet email about the death of Ariel Sharon. The email was sent on January 15. It fooled many of the security systems allowing the hacker to inject new Trojans, inject new commands, steal info and infect other computers.
Seculert 15 created a sink hole and the XtremeRat was tricked into entering the sinkhole where it roamed around in a controlled and protected space.
This is just the beginning. The server that hosted the original message was from the United States. But the coding was very similar to that used for a cyber attack on Israel from Gaza in October of 2012.
More attacks are on the way.
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