House worker for Israeli defense minister accused of spying for Iran

An employee in charge of cleaning the residence of the Israeli Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, was indicted Thursday, November 18, for spying for the benefit of Iran. According to the indictment, which is corroborated by a confession from the accused, Omri Goren Gorochovsky, 37, allegedly offered to provide Black Shadow hackers with information and even insert spyware into the computer. minister’s staff.

Presented as linked to Tehran, the Black Shadow group stood out in December 2020 by attacking the Israeli insurance company Shirbit after infiltrating the servers of Cyberserve, a hosting site. Their demand for a ransom of $ 1 million (885,000 euros) was not met, and they uploaded the contact details of thousands of users of the Atraf app, popular in the Israeli LGBTQ + community.

Benny Gantz, a prime target

Omri Goren Gorochovsky reportedly sent hackers, on Telegram encrypted messaging, a series of photos taken at Benny Gantz’s residence in Rosh Ha’ayin, a city in the outskirts of Tel Aviv and bordering the West Bank. There is the computer of the Minister of Defense, certain military papers, but also more personal archives. The interaction lasted only a few days, according to the Israeli security services: from October 31 until the arrest of the housekeeper on November 4. The information had so far been kept confidential, as is often the case in Israel.

It is a series of articles on Black Shadow that would have inspired Mr. Goren. The cleaning company he started with a partner has been providing services to the Gantz family for several years. He would then have realized that he was holding a gold mine in his hands.

In Israel, Iran is on everyone’s mind at all times. He’s the number one enemy. Introducing a mole in the entourage of the Israeli defense minister would be a big step for the Islamic Republic, with which Israel is at war. An often clandestine war and sometimes impressive by its technological daring.

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Former Chief of Staff, Benny Gantz has long been one of the prime targets. In 2019, his personal phone was hacked by Iranian agents, according to the Shin Bet, the Israeli internal intelligence service. At the end of October, a group of hackers operating under the name of Moses Staff (“Rod of Moses”), who said they wanted to “Expose Zionist crimes”, had posted personal photos of Benny Gantz with this message: “We have had an eye on you for years, every moment and every step. “

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House worker for Israeli defense minister accused of spying for Iran

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