Wednesday, May 18th | 17 Iyyar 5782

May 3, 2022 7:55 am

Shin Bet Exposes Online Iranian Espionage Drive Targeting Israelis

avatar by

A general view of Tehran city, in Tehran, Iran June 12, 2020. Ali Khara/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS – The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced on Monday the uncovering of an Iranian espionage network, which it said worked to track down and recruit Israeli civilians for spy missions and to prepare attacks on targets in Israel.

The Iranian operatives used a fictitious Facebook profile called “Sara Puppi,” who presented “herself” as a young Jewish woman with personal and business ties to Israel.

“The use of social media networks is a known technique among terror organizations and Iranian intelligence for recruiting and activating Israelis,” said the Shin Bet.

It reported noticing a more intensive level of activity by hostile sources getting in touch with Israelis online, often using cover profiles and false information for recruitment purposes. Shin Bet officials said they had been monitoring the latest activity from its beginning.

Related coverage

May 18, 2022 11:22 am

Israel Tightens Entry Rules at Mount Meron Lag B’Omer Festival, One Year After Tragedy

A year after the disaster at Israel’s Mount Meron that saw 45 people trampled to death, Israeli police forces rolled...

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.