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Iranian hackers claim Israeli radar hack, send citizens text threats

Hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens have reportedly received threatening text messages from an Iranian threat group after it claimed to have breached Israel’s radar systems.

user icon Daniel Croft
Mon, 15 Apr 2024
Iranian hackers claim Israeli radar hack, send citizens text threats
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The Handala threat group said it had hacked Israel’s radar systems, claiming this was the second it had attacked the systems.

“For the second time we Hacked your radar systems ... but this time with a difference,” the group said on Telegram.

“You only have a few hours to repair your radar systems! We started the game! We suggest you run away now …”


Alongside the warning, Handala posted a number of screenshots of the RADA program. However, the coordinates on the screenshots are 41°24'12.2"N 2°10'26.5"E, which point to the La Sagrada Familia church in Mallorca, Spain. The coordinates are also the default ones displayed on the Google Maps support page for using coordinates on the site.

Alongside the radar systems attack, Handala said it sent out over 500,000 text messages to the people of Israel following an alleged attack on a digital marketing company called 99 Digital, threatening the text recipients.

“People will pay for the crimes and stupidity of your leaders. Undoubtedly, your leaders will regret these foolish adventures,” the text message reportedly said.

“Evacuate the cities, maybe you will see less damage! Don’t blink and don’t sleep, the chance to escape is less than ten seconds, maybe your city will be chosen!”

It also said it had “dumped” 5.2 terabytes of data from sensitive conversations.

The attack comes as political tensions between the two countries boiled over, resulting in an Iranian attack on Israel.

According to reports, over 300 drones and missiles were launched by Iran on Israel. According to the US White House administration, Israel worked with its allies, including the US, to intercept an estimated 99 per cent of the drones and missiles.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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