Israeli military security accuses Hamas of planting malware in World Cup app


In 2018, military security officers from the Israeli Defence Force accused Hamas of loading fake World Cup and dating apps with malware and making them available via the Israeli version of the Google Play store in order to hack the mobile phones of Israeli soldiers. The apps were capable of accessing locations, copying contacts, file, and photographs, and taking control of camera and microphone. The World Cup app offered HD live-streamed matches and updates. The IDF added that about 100 soldiers downloaded the app after being asked to do so by militants posing as attractive young people on social media.

Writer: Bethan McKernan

Publication: Independent

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