Report: Iran hacked computer of former IDF chief

Over last year Iran hacked dozen of computers belonging to Israeli security officials and extracted information.

Cynthia Blank ,


Iran's Revolutionary Guards were able to penetrate the private computer of a former IDF chief of staff, Channel 10 reported Tuesday night. 

According to the report, in the last year Iran's military launched a cyber attack on dozens of Israeli computers, mostly belonging to current and former senior security officials.

The Iranians were able to draw out security-related information but the extent of the damage is still unclear. 

Iran has boasted in recent years of its cyber capabilities, managing to hack a total of 1,800 private computers last year - among those the computer of an as yet unidentified former IDF chief of staff.

The Iranian hacker in that case was careless, however, and accidentally left his email address behind, enabling Israeli intelligence teams to learn his identity. He has been named as Yasser Balahi. 

"Balahi admitted he did not work on his own, but on behalf of a cyber organization, who commissioned his work," said Ron Davidson, the Head of Threat Intelligence and Research at the Tel Aviv-based IT security company Check Point. 

The Iranians stopped the operation a few months ago upon realizing they'd been exposed, but only after they'd still managed to extract information from the hack.