Israeli the security services (Shin Bet) and Israeli police arrested an Israeli cleaner who worked at the home of Defense Minister Benny Gantz earlier this month on allegations he offered to help spy for Iran.
Omri Goren, 37, “approached on his own initiative, via a social media network, a person associated with Iran and offered to help him in various ways, given his access to the minister’s home,” the ISS said in a statement.
Goren contacted Iranian hacker group Black Shadow under a false identity via the Telegram app, posing as someone who worked for Gantz and saying he could help the group in various ways, according to an indictment against him. The indictment said he also offered to install malware on Gantz’s computer. The suspect allegedly demanded money and provided photos of Gantz’s personal belongings, including a computer, desk, phone, tablet, safe, shredder, a package containing a sticker displaying an IP address and private bills from the family. .
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The suspect’s public defender, attorney Gal Wolf, said his client claimed he acted out of “economic distress”.
The Shin Bet pointed out that Goren did not have access to any classified information due to the home data security protocol and therefore could not have transmitted any classified information. However, security protocols were reviewed in the midst of this incident.
Israeli media reports that Goren had a criminal record with five previous convictions, including a bank robbery, burglary and theft, which led to four prison terms.
Last month, another Iranian hacker group, Moses Staff, posted personal photos of Gantz.
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Black Shadow has been active in recent months, hacking various Israeli companies and posting names and personal documents.
Israel and Iran have been involved in a mutual cyber war for years.