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Iranian hackers publish CCTV footage, workers’ details from Haifa, Ashdod ports

IRGC also posts stolen images, information on social media network; ports say content is old, apparently gleaned from security company records, not from site cameras

Screen capture from video published by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps showing footage from security cameras at Israel's Ashdod and Haifa sea ports. (Channel 13 News)
Screen capture from video published by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps showing footage from security cameras at Israel's Ashdod and Haifa sea ports. (Channel 13 News)

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps published a video Wednesday showing footage from security cameras at two of Israel’s largest seaports as well as details of hundreds of workers at the sites.

Iranian hackers linked to the Guards claimed they had seized the information that the IRGC posted on its Telegram app channel.

Clips showed images from cameras recording access gates and even workers sitting at their desks in offices. In addition, the video includes personal details about workers and even their identification papers.

The hackers also published a file that contained details of hundreds of workers from the ports, Channel 13 news reported.

However, both ports told the network that the images were not taken directly from their security cameras but apparently were obtained from a company that had operated cameras at the ports. The footage was also said to be old.

The report did not specify how the hackers were able to get the details of port workers.

According to the station, the information from the ports was likely published as a form of response to a major cyberattack on an Iranian port that was reportedly carried out by Israel.

US and other foreign officials told the Washington Post that Israel was likely behind the assault that brought the bustling Shahid Rajaee port terminal to a halt on May 9, 2020.

In October, a cybersecurity company published a report tying cyberattacks on a number of aerospace and telecommunications companies, mainly in the Middle East, to Iranian state-sponsored groups.

Though Israel was not mentioned, Channel 12 news reported at the time that Israeli companies were among the list of targets in the Middle East, without providing a source or details.

Numerous suspected Iranian cyberattacks on Israel were reported in recent years, including one that targeted its water infrastructure in 2020.

Israel and Iran have been engaged in a years-long shadow war, with Israel allegedly directing most of its efforts – including multiple suspected cyberattacks — at sabotaging the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

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