Taking Action Against Hackers in Palestine
Today, we’re sharing actions we took against two separate groups of hackers in Palestine — a network linked to the Preventive Security Service (PSS) and a threat actor known as Arid Viper — removing their ability to use their infrastructure to abuse our platform, distribute malware and hack people’s accounts across the internet. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first public reporting of this PSS activity.
Facebook threat intelligence analysts and security experts work to find and stop a wide range of threats including cyber espionage campaigns, influence operations and hacking of our platform by nation-state actors and other groups.
Today we’re sharing our latest research into two clusters of unconnected cyber espionage activity. The other cluster targeted audiences in the Palestinian territories and Syria and to a lesser extent Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Libya.
It relied on social engineering to trick people into clicking on malicious links and installing malware on their devices. Our investigation found links to the Preventive Security Service — the Palestinian Authority’s internal intelligence organization.
They used their own low-sophistication malware disguised as secure chat applications, in addition to malware tools openly available on the internet.
Apr 23, 2021 at 04:11