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Political Hacker group publishes port restricted CCTV footage
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
23 February 2022 Israel Port Data leak


The victims, two major ports, Ashdod and Haifa, were targeted by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) during an attack. The attacker broadcasted videos captured from security cameras at these sites. Along with the footage, which depicted entry gates, office settings, and workers, the IRGC also released personal details, identification documents, and other sensitive information about hundreds of port staff on its Telegram app channel.

According to sources, Iranian hackers affiliated with the IRGC claimed responsibility for the data acquisition. However, representatives from both Israeli ports have countered these claims, emphasizing that the displayed footage and data were not directly extracted from their security apparatus. Instead, they believe the information was sourced from a third-party company that previously managed camera operations at the ports. They further underscored that the showcased videos were outdated. How the hackers obtained detailed information about the port employees remains unclear.

This attack follows an alleged cyberattack on Iran's Shahid Rajaee port, purportedly initiated by Israel, sources report, on May 9, 2020.


Haifa and Ashdod ports

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Recommendations to Port to reduce Data leak risks:

  • Ensure data encryption measures are in place to protect sensitive information.
  • Implement access controls to limit data access to authorized personnel only.
  • Regularly audit and monitor data access and transmission for potential leaks, for instance via Security Operation Center services.
  • Check and test all communication and customers and third parties-focused plans.
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