Lebanon said hit by largest hack in its history
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Lebanon said hit by largest hack in its history

Lebanese hackers reportedly steal vast amount of data from government, corporations, and even security forces, then sell it to unknown parties

Illustrative: A hacker in action. (BeeBright; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative: A hacker in action. (BeeBright; iStock by Getty Images)

Lebanon was recently hit by one of the largest hacking attacks in its history, Lebanese media reported citing security officials.

The attack was discovered last month, and appears to have targeted government and security agencies, as well as some of the country’s largest corporations.

Several Lebanese nationals are reportedly under arrest in the case, according to an Arabic-language report in the al-Akhbar daily.

The report says the hack, said to be “the largest in the history of Lebanon,” involved large-scale theft of data from its targets. The culprits were then selling the data to as-yet unknown parties.

“The extent of the damage is still unknown,” officials told al-Akhbar.

The hack was discovered by a Lebanese internet service provider, which turned to authorities after its systems were hacked. The country’s Internal Security Forces were able to identity the alleged hacker, who was arrested alongside another suspect. The investigation has since led to multiple additional suspects, including someone al-Akhbar described as a relative of a well-known business figure.

The names of the suspects have not been released, and many details are being withheld from the public as the investigation continues, Lebanese media reported.

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