‘Blame it on Hamas’: IDF posts bathroom selfie of young woman, Twitter laughs at claims it's part of cyber warfare
The IDF posted what appeared to be a bathroom selfie of a young woman on its social media accounts and, while it claimed the posts were actually part of some online 4D chess with Hamas, many on Twitter simply weren’t buying it.
According to the Israeli military, the steamy selfie was, in fact, part of Operation Rebound, a joint effort between the IDF and the Shin Bet security service to take down a sophisticated ‘catfishing’ campaign by arch nemesis Hamas.
Hamas created fake social media profiles, using photos including this one, in an attempt to hack the phones of IDF soldiers.What Hamas didn’t know was that Israeli intelligence caught onto their plot, tracked the malware & downed Hamas’ hacking system.#CatfishCaught— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 16, 2020
Apparently, it was the third such cyberattack by Hamas, who tricked horny IDF servicemen into downloading spyware onto their phones by posing as young Israeli women on social media, promising to send nudes.
The IDF does not believe Hamas gained any significant intelligence, though it admitted it will be checking the phones of all troops targeted as a precaution. The number of affected devices is reportedly in the “low hundreds.”Also on rt.com Catfished: NATO dupes its own soldiers using fictitious Latvian woman on Tinder
However, the IDF’s attempt at edgy social media posting backfired entirely as a quick-witted Twitter user twisted it in a clever cover-up quip that has racked up over 20,000 likes.
“Have you ever just logged into the wrong account and blamed it on Hamas,” Maxi Gothling wrote.
have you ever just logged into the wrong account and blamed it on hamas pic.twitter.com/zGqQImHHxW— Friede - 80% human, 20% F-Phrygian (@BringerOfRot) February 16, 2020
The joke sparked a flood of replies neatly summarizing the situation and alluding to the IDF’s actions in Palestine.
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logged into the wrong account / bombed a school— Ellis Dodwell (@EllisDodwell) February 16, 2020
My horniness on the job caused my organisation to get a mildly inconvenient virus.So now I have to go flatten a UN hospital and shoot some Medicines Sans Frontiers doctors.— ThankGodWeLiveInTheseTimes (@ThankTimes) February 16, 2020
The head of the IDF’s operational security department, known only as Col. “Resh,” said the IDF expects Hamas to try similar subterfuge again in the future.
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