Israeli government offices targeted by computer virus

[ PIC 26/10/2012 – 03:11 PM ]

NAZARETH, (PIC)– A number of Israel’s government offices have fallen victim to a cyber attack over the past week, one apparently aimed at slipping a “Trojan horse” into the computer servers at these ministries, Haaretz revealed.

The “Trojan horse” has been sent as files attached to emails bearing the name of the IOF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz in the subject line.

The newspaper added that the “Benny Gantz” virus is the responsible for the cyber threat that forced the Israel Police to disconnect its computers from the civilian network earlier Thursday.

A senior government is quoted by Haaretz as saying that the threat facing the police was being investigated by experts, but at the moment it seemed to be an isolated incident.

Haaretz has gotten access to a cable sent Wednesday by the Foreign Ministry’s defense department to all ministry employees both in Israel and abroad, warning that unusual e-mails had been noticed in various delegations and embassies over the course of the last week.

Those emails either mention Gantz or were sent from an address bearing his name. The body of the email contained remarks made by Israeli politicians. Some of the emails also contained requests for friendship on Facebook or links to Gantz’s website.

Dozens of identical emails were sent Wednesday to Israeli embassies abroad and to Foreign Ministry employees in Israel, but this time, an automated system identified them as “offensive” – in other words viruses, or Trojan horses – and warned that opening them would activate them and penetrate the central computer system.

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