Israeli military officials have said dozens of soldiers have been the victims of smartphone hacks by Hamas militants posing as women on dating sites.
It is claimed that the militants have been posting alluring photos to reel in the soldiers, before embarking on long chats with them.
The Israeli army's Arabic-language spokesman Avichay Adraee said that dozens of soldiers have suffered hacks through their social media conversations, according to Al Araby.
He said: "Following reports from soldiers of suspicious activity of accounts on social media, an operation was launched lasting several months led by military intelligence aimed at uncovering enemy accounts.
"During the operation, we uncovered dozens of accounts working to leak and steal information from Israeli soldiers by installing malicious programmes on soldiers' smartphones that spy and record everything.
"Hamas pretended to be fictitious characters, stole real accounts and people's names from around the world to use illegally."
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, has consistently preached jihad against Israel and is proscribed as a terrorist group in several countries, although this definition is disputed.
Israeli officials did not reveal how they came to the conclusion that Hamas was behind the hack.
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