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The smartphones of dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas members pretending to be "attractive young women" online, an Israeli military official said on Wednesday.

Using fake profiles on Facebook with alluring photos, Hamas members allegedly contacted the soldiers via groups on the social network, luring them into long chats, the official told journalists on condition of anonymity.

Dozens of the predominantly lower-ranked soldiers were convinced enough by the honey trap to download fake applications, which enabled Hamas to take control of their phones, according to the official.

The official however did not say how the army determined that those behind the scheme were from Hamas, the Palestinian movement that runs the Gaza Strip.

Hamas officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

"The enemy knows the language of young people and installed viruses that can control the telephones of dozens of soldiers," the official said.

The actual damage done to the army was limited and the virus has been dealt with, the official added, but the army has decided to raise the issue publicly to warn soldiers of the potential dangers of social networks.

"The existing potential threat can turn into a real threat to the security of Israel," the source said.

"We will disseminate and denounce the false profiles of Hamas, impose stricter rules for soldiers who are on social networks and train military personnel to react to attacks before it is too late."

Israel and Palestinians in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.

While the border between Israel and Gaza is relatively quiet currently, the two sides remain enemies and technology has previously played a role in the conflict.

In March 2016, a Palestinian from Gaza was charged with hacking into Israeli military drones.

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S patel Jan 11, 2017 10:15pm

Young men are young men ;)

Haider Jan 11, 2017 10:45pm

Made up story by israel.

Khalistan, east punjab Jan 11, 2017 10:59pm

Genius move and master stroke!

Hopeful Jan 11, 2017 11:53pm

What a poor excuse

Alba Jan 12, 2017 12:06am

"People are funny."

yussouf m mir Jan 12, 2017 02:11am

hamas need to spend time on constructive affairs/education/skills/clean your neighborhoods

Dr. Salaria, aamir Ahmad Jan 12, 2017 02:40am

Necessity is the mother of invention and innovation.

What else can they do to make the ends meet?

Princess_of_DHUMP Jan 12, 2017 03:13am

Haha.. Men are same everywhere. Be it Iceland or Israel

Diplomat Jan 12, 2017 09:15am

Israel has been the part of this blame game since decades. These made up stories are nothing but influential in usurping the land, which they could never. Cruelty never wins.