Originally posted on Vice by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Facebook Catches Palestinian Hackers Targeting Users with Malware

Two separate groups of hackers from Palestine have been targeting Facebook users with Android, iOS, and Windows malware, according to a report published by Facebook on Wednesday. 

Facebook security researchers identified two separate hacking campaigns, one by a group linked to the Preventive Security Service (PSS), an intelligence and law enforcement agency established by Palestine’s ruling party in the West Bank Fatah; and another one called Arid Viper, which other security researchers have linked to Hamas, the governing authority in Gaza. Facebook wrote in its report that the company “cannot conclusively confirm this connection based on our evidence.” 

“To us this looks like a targeted campaign that’s aimed at compromising people’s devices primarily for surveillance,” David Agranovich, the director of threat disruption at Facebook, told Motherboard in a phone call…

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