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Shin Bet, the country’s national security agency, denied a Saudi report that Iranian hackers successfully breached the private cellphones of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s family, shortly after a Saudi Arabian news outlet carried the claims on Tuesday.
Independent Arabia published a report claiming that Iranian intelligence has hacked the phones of Netanyahu’s son Yair and of his wife, Sara.
According to the report, the breach was done several months ago, and that it is not yet clear what information was leaked through the tapping of their phones.
The report also connected it to the breach of the phone of Blue and White Party leader and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz, yet it claimed that the hacking of Gantz’s phone was done years ago and only surfaced now to be used for internal Israeli election affairs.
The Prime Minister’s Office reacted to the report, and claimed that “after an inquiry made with security officials, it never happened.”
The Shin Bet also backed the Prime Minister Office’s claim, and denied the reports that the phones were indeed hacked.
בהמשך לדיווח באתר הסעודי על פריצה איראנית לטלפונים של יאיר ושרה נתניהו נמסר מלשכת ראש הממשלה: “לאחר בדיקה עם גורמי הביטחון עולה כי לא היו דברים מעולם”
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) March 19, 2019
In response to the report, Yesh Atid member Karin Elharar was quick to tweet that “a prime minister who cannot prevent the hacking of the phones of his family members wishes to be in charge of the security of the whole country?”
ראש ממשלה שלא מסוגל למנוע פריצות לטלפונים של בני משפחתו רוצה לדאוג לביטחון מדינה כולה? https://t.co/VJWriru9A8
— קארין אלהרר Karine Elharrar (@KElharrar) March 19, 2019
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