A picture taken on November 23, 2023, shows an Israeli flag near the Dome of the Rock shrine, Islam’s third holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Shadowy hacking group targeting Israel shows outsized capabilities

A sophisticated campaign that has targeted Israel for at least 8 years shows evidence of improving its capabilities.
A Palestinian man walks amid the rubble of buildings hit in Israeli air strikes in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on October 24, 2023. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

Cyber operations linked to Israel-Hamas fighting gain momentum

Amid a flurry of exaggerated claims of cyber attacks, experts caution that attacks on digital systems may intensify as the conflict drags on.
Fighters from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement, attend a memorial service for the leader of the brigade Ibrahim Abu Al-Naja in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on June 10, 2017, after he was killed in an “accidental explosion” earlier in the month. (SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images)

Hamas-linked app offers window into cyber infrastructure, possible links to Iran

The administrators of a news site linked to Hamas have struggled to keep it online amid fighting with Israel.
KFAR AZA, ISRAEL – OCTOBER 10: Israeli soldiers patrol, searching for Palestinians militants near kibbutz Kfar Aza near the border with Gaza on October 10, 2023 in Kfar Gaza, Israel. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Savvy Israel-linked hacking group reemerges amid Gaza fighting

Predatory Sparrow, which has been linked to an attack on an Iranian steel facility last year, reemerged after a long hiatus Monday.
People march with Iranian flags and with signs during a rally marking Al-Quds Day (Jerusalem), a commemorative day held annually on the last Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by an initiative started by late Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in Tehran on April 14, 2023. (Photo by AFP / Getty Images)

Microsoft says Iranian hackers combine influence ops with hacking for maximum impact

Many of the 24 cyber-enabled Iranian influence operations Microsoft detected in 2022 were intended to further Iran's Mideast political agenda.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 30: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during the Summit for Democracy on March 30, 2023 in Washington, DC. The theme for the final day of the summit encompassed “Advancing Technology for Democracy” and included speakers from the Department of Homeland Affairs and and representatives from intelligence agencies (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden administration goes global in effort to constrain spyware use

Eleven nations agreed on Thursday to responsible use of commercial spyware. Israel, a key spyware exporter, is not part of the deal.
A general view taken from the Mount of Olives shows an Israeli flag with houses in Jerusalem’s predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan appearing in the background, on January 2, 2023. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

New cybercrime group calling itself DarkBit attacks Israeli university

It's not yet clear who is behind the group, but the name could have connections to other ransomware variants such as DarkSide and LockBit.