A pro-Hezbollah hacker group calling itself We Are Coming claims it penetrated 5,000 Israeli websites, including some containing sensitive security data, in 2015, as well as security camera feeds, Lebanese network Al-Manar declared this week.
Pro-Hezbollah news outlets in Lebanon have reported in the past that the group successfully breached Israeli websites and Facebook pages.
The Al-Manar report, however, was novel in its claim that We Are Coming accessed security camera feeds located in Israel. Al-Manar aired images allegedly taken via such breaches. The hacker group also released photos from what they claimed were same camera feeds from previous days as part of a campaign it named Shattering Illusions, meant to mark the eighth anniversary of Imad Mughniyeh's targeted killing.
Al-Manar aired photos purported to be taken from security feeds in Haifa, Tel Aviv, and a restaurant in an unidentified location. We Are Coming also relesaed a photo allegedly showing government offices in Nahariya, in which one can see Israeli flags. One picture featured the caption: “We are coming for you, even in your offices. What is coming next will be much greater.”
A member of We Are Coming, who was interviewed on the condition of anonymity, told Al-Manar that his group succeeded in breaching 5,000 websites in 2015, including those belonging to Israel's official defense establishment.
We Are Coming has been attempting since 2013 to penetrate Israeli networks to mark important historical dates such as the anniversary of the assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, the anniversary of the Second Lebanon War, and the targeted killings of Samir Kuntar and Jihad Mughniyeh.
The boastful claims by We Are Coming came soon after Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallahthreatened to fire missiles at the ammonia plant in Haifa, which he claimed would cause an explosion similar to that of a nuclear bomb.
Meanwhile, as hackers become increasingly threatening, the IDF has stepped up its training to defend against potential cyberattacks