Social networking websites posing security threat for Israel


Terrorist organizations actively scan Israeli sites, as well as social networks in which many Israelis are active, including veterans of classified Israel Defense Forces (IDF) units, in order to gather classified information on security targets in Israel, the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem has said in a statement.

Recent reports indicated new trends in terrorist activity on the internet beyond collecting information posted by Israelis, including direct and concrete appeals to Israeli citizens to become involved in terrorist activity or pass along classified information in return for payment.

Recently, an Israeli citizen complained to the Israel Security Agency that he had been contacted on ‘Facebook’ by a man purporting to be a Lebanese merchant, who asked him to pass along classified information in return for payment. This incident joins many others that have been identified by the security services. Personal information – such as names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers – that is transferred via the internet for business or private purposes may help terrorist elements to locate and contact Israeli citizens both in Israel and abroad, the PM’s Office warned.

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