Iranian Hackers Post Footage of Jerusalem Bombing, Taken by Large Security Agency

It is still unclear how the footage was obtained ■ The Iran-linked hacktivist group, ‘Moses Staff,’ published materials from a phone belonging to the Mossad chief’s wife earlier this year

Yaniv Kubovich
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A frame of the video posted by Iranians.
A frame of the video posted by Iranians.
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Hackers claiming to be Iranians posted on Thursday footage taken from a large security agency that shows the deadly Jerusalem bombing. It’s unclear how the footage was obtained – whether a security camera was hacked, or a database used by that security agency was breached or if the footage was obtained after being distributed by that security agency to a third party.

The group that posted the video claims to be the Iranian-linked hacktivist group called Moses Staff, which was involved in a string of cyberattacks against Israeli targets. The group was first exposed in October 2021 and is politically motivated, though it targets private entities. According to research by the Israeli cybersecurity firm Cybereason, “their goal is to harm Israeli companies by leaking sensitive, stolen data.”

The security camera at the site of the Jerusalem bombing attack on Wednesday.Credit: Yael Freidson

The hacker group, which uses criminal tactics for its political aims, has also targeted bodies in the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, India, Italy, Germany and even Chile. Checkpoint and Cybereason have both published research on the group’s past activities – most recently in February 2021, after a spate of ransomware attacks that made use of the same methods and tactics.

Earlier this year the group also published materials from a phone that belonged to the wife of Mossad chief, David Barnea. The group taunted Israel this March by posting screen captures and photos from his wife’s device.

The twin bombing terror attack in Jerusalem took place at a bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem and killed 15-year-old Aryeh Shechopek, critically wounded another person and injured 22.

Police believe that the two charges from Wednesday’s terror attack were likely placed at night, a few hours before the attack, and were detonated remotely using a mobile phone. Police believe that the first charge was intended to be detonated during rush hour in Jerusalem, and that the second charge was planned to explode at the moment when a bus arrives at the stop.

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