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Israel Says It Thwarted Cyber Attack Targeting Defense Industry

  • Defense Ministry reports no damage or disruption from attack
  • Attackers’ Lazarus group backed by unnamed foreign country
Photographer: Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images

Israel’s Defense Ministry said it thwarted a cyber attack that impersonated representatives of international companies and offered jobs to defense industry employees.

An international group named Lazarus and backed by an unidentified foreign country built fake profiles on LinkedIn Corp., a social network used for job searches, to impersonate managers, chief executive officers and human resources personnel, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The attackers attempted to collect sensitive data by compromising the computers of defense industry employees and hacking official company websites, it said.