Hezbollah tapping service

Hezbollah beweert in de oorlog die afgelopen maanden woedde er in te zijn geslaagd de communicatielijnen van de Israeli’s te tappen:

Using technology most likely supplied by Iran, special Hezbollah teams monitored the constantly changing radio frequencies of Israeli troops on the ground. That gave guerrillas a picture of Israeli movements, casualty reports and supply routes. It also allowed Hezbollah anti-tank units to more effectively target advancing Israeli armor, according to the officials.

Israel wil geen mededelingen doen over dit soort zaken, maar:

“They monitored our secure radio communications in the most professional way,” one Israeli officer admitted. “When we lose a man, the fighting unit immediately gives the location and the number back to headquarters. What Hezbollah did was to monitor our radio and immediately send it to their Al-Manar TV, which broadcast it almost live, long before the official Israeli radio.”

But a former Israeli general, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Hezbollah’s ability to secretly hack into military transmissions had “disastrous” consequences for the Israeli offensive.

Nu is het maar de vraag of Hezbollah de waarheid spreekt, maar het verklaart wel het volgende:

During one raid in southern Lebanon, Israeli special forces said they found a Hezbollah office equipped with jamming and eavesdropping devices. Israeli officials said the base also had detailed maps of northern Israel, lists of Israeli patrols along the border and cell phone numbers for Israeli commanders.

Mogelijkerwijs is de informatie dus op een andere manier bij Hezbollah terecht gekomen, nl. doordat Israelische militairen onzorgvuldig zijn geweest met de procedures en bijvoorbeeld via mobiele telefoons gevoelige informatie hebben uitgewisseld:

But troops in the battlefield sometimes make mistakes in following secure radio procedures and can give an enemy a way to break into the frequency-hopping patterns. That might have happened during some battles between Israel and Hezbollah, according to the Lebanese official. […] Besides radio transmissions, the official said Hezbollah also monitored cell phone calls among Israeli troops. But cell phones are usually easier to intercept than military radio, and officials said Israeli forces were under strict orders not to divulge sensitive information over the phone.

Dit was ook al doorgedrongen tot het nederlandse leger in Afghanistan dat vervolgens direct maatregelen nam.

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