The Shin Bet security service warned Monday that hostile elements may try to contact Israelis through online social networks, such as Facebook, in order to gather intelligence and maybe even lure them abroad for the purpose of abduction.
Recently the Shin Bet was informed of a number of cases in which terrorist elements approached Israelis through the various online social networks and tried to either recruit them or ask that they disclose classified information for a fee.
Terror organizations have made extensive use of the Internet, mainly for propaganda purposes; but also for the purpose of recruiting activists, transferring funds and posting instructions. The past few years have seen a number of Israelis detained after they had been recruited by terror groups through the Internet.
The Shin Bet has also learned that terror elements are specifically looking to approach Israelis who were privy to classified information during their IDF service.
One Israeli said he was approached on Facebook by someone who offered him to transfer secret information for a fee.
The security establishment has asked that Israelis be vigilant and report any suspicious attempt to approach them online or by phone.