Israeli Telecom Infiltration for Assassination Purposes in Lebanon

Israel has infiltrated Lebanese telecommunication network which has heightened anxiety amongst a Lebanese group in the south.

Israel has infiltrated Lebanese telecommunication network which has heightened anxiety amongst a Lebanese group in the south.

This story isn’t a new one. It all dates as far back as 1948 when the Israeli-Palestinian military conflict began. Unfortunately, the conflict spread across the state of Palestine to its neighboring country, Lebanon. The concentration was mainly in the south of that country. As times rolled on, Israel clearly made a leap into the world of technology, as the events since October 7 clearly illustrated.

After that infamous attack last year, Israel had many turning points, which included ups and downs for them. The conflict spread to Lebanon as per the familiar script. The Israeli government then tried to redeem themselves in the eyes of their people, who were dismayed by an inappropriate response. This has led to more targeting (and many) assassinations of leaders from a southern Lebanese group, Hezbollah.

A Lebanese Concern

The Lebanese group leader has stated mobile phones as being “lethal informants” and requested his group members to abandon their phone usage. Reports have indicated that Israel’s technologically advanced infiltration of internet access and Wi-Fi systems has also included recruitment of local agents. Even with their progress since 1948, it seems that the Israeli’s were still in need of deploying human beings in order to guarantee mission success.

In a statement made by Omar Qaqas, a communication, and social media expert, to Asharq Al-Awsat, he claimed the penetration by Israel is towards Lebanese phone networks, achieved through malware attacks, phone calls, and the exploitation of phone networks “has almost total control over Lebanese phone networks.”

This means the Israelis can listen-in, or eavesdrop, on calls being made by the Lebanese group, as well as being able to access messages along with the images. Lastly, which is the most important, it gives them the exact location through the network of the device. These are the ingredients for pinpoint accuracy of the most diabolical kind.

Targets Made by Israel

The start of the series of Israeli assassinations was that of Yahya Ayyash, a senior field commander in Hamas. His cellphone exploded while talking to his father. The fact that all this data was gathered by the Israelis does proof the degree of the information.

Along with extra sources other than their AI and infiltration of the telecommunications network, the biggest target that struck the suburbs of Beirut was the assassination of Saleh Al Arouri. The target was targeted by his Wi-Fi connection, which happened due to them having at least one laptop in the office. According to Lebanese officials, “Once the laptop was turned on, the strike hit the office”.

A failed attempt in the series of assassinations taking place by the infiltration of networks was that of Bassel Saleh on the Lebanese Israeli border in Houla. It was a failed assassination due to the fact that he did not have his phone with him.

Temporary Solution

A temporary solution was given by the leader of the Lebanese group. He ordered other group members with high positions to simply switch off their phone networks. This naturally sparked the curiosity of the Israelis. Although technology experts mentioned that even though people are switching off their Wi-Fi networks, it still isn’t safe due to the outdated technology in Lebanon.

The only thing that one can do is turn the networks switched off or stop the use of phones. The question is, how feasible is this in the modern tech-dependent world that we live in? Well, it isn’t.

Heavy Heart

It comes with a heavy heart that Lebanon and Palestine are not able to invest in the modernization of their communication infrastructure which is leaving the two countries in a vulnerable position in front of the advanced tactics of Israel. Phone users in Southern Lebanon and Northern Palestine are prone to many privacy and security risks.

The only statement that anyone could make is to let the advancements of technology be left for a positive purpose, a purpose that does not include blood written all over it. Let technology be a catalyst towards peace in every nation and paint a better picture for tomorrow.

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