Mossad web site data hacked by #OpIsrael, agents data leaked. Oh really?

When HackRead reported, #OpIsrael: Mossad Website breached, Personal Details of over 30,000 Agents Leaked by Anonymous, my first thought was that I wished they didn’t just uncritically repeat claims.

Did they examine the database/spread sheets before repeating tweets and claims?  I did a random check of the database, and frankly, I find it extremely unlikely that the hackers obtained any information on Mossad agents, much less all their agents as well as government officials and politicians.

The data seem to include the names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, ID numbers, and email addresses of approximately 35,000 individuals. Some of the individuals in the database have multiple entries. Many seem to be merchants or others with no connection to the government at all.

Maybe some of the data are from people applying to become part of Mossad, but even that is a stretch when you start Googling some of the individuals in the database.

Think what you want of Mossad’s actions, but they are not stupid. They’ve known that they are targets, and not just by Anonymous or hacker groups.  Covert operatives’ names and contact details thrown into a large database connected to the Internet? Highly unlikely.  So unless someone has some proof that this database really has data on Mossad agents, I remain skeptical, to say the least.

I’ve emailed the Prime Minister’s Office on behalf of the Open Security Foundation to ask for their response to the claimed hack and leak. If I ever get an answer, I’ll post it.

Update: I’m not the only one who doesn’t accept claims about what the data represents. See this article and this one. Blog headline now revised.

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5 comments to “Mossad web site data hacked by #OpIsrael, agents data leaked. Oh really?”

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  1. XR - March 24, 2013

    Three well-known Israeli security companies are Imperva, Check Point and Trusteer. Searching the released file, available at cryptome.org reveals email addresses for all three companies. One [email protected], just might be their CEO Mickey Boodaei. Maybe it’s a vendor list for the government. Interesting that there are several .ru email addresses in there.

  2. Aki - March 25, 2013

    Is it really wise to hack an organization that performs assassinations as part of it’s job description?

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