19 April 2019

Israel denies Tehran hacked phones of Netanyahu's family

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The hack was reportedly carried out some time ago and allegedly only now brought to light due to the upcoming Israeli elections. Tel Aviv denies the intrusion took place at all. reports citing Israeli media.

Telephones belonging to the Israeli prime minister's wife and son, Sara and Yair Netanyahu, were allegedly breached by Iranian intelligence services in order to wiretap the Israeli head of government, Independent Arabia reported, citing anonymous sources. According to the news outlet, the hack occurred several months ago, but was eventually discovered and the breach closed.

It remains unclear just how much and what information was leaked, if the hack actually took place, but according to the report, the intrusion, as well as a previous hacking scandal involving Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz's phone, was unearthed only recently in the run-up to the Israeli elections.

The Israeli prime minister's office reacted to the report by stating that security officials had run checks that showed no signs of the phones having been hacked.

Last summer, a scandal unfolded following reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had ordered the head of Shin Bet to wiretap the phone of then-IDF chief Benny Gantz. Both Netanyahu and the head of Shin Bet have denied organising a hack into Gantz's phone.

2019.03.19 / 17:08
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