Jihadists despise the West, but don’t hesitate to use its technology to defeat it. A follow up to this story: “Hezbollah highly skilled at infiltrating technology, experts say,” from the Globe and Mail, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
Security experts say it’s no surprise that a group linked to Hezbollah cloned the cellphones of Ted Rogers and other high-level Rogers executives.
The Iranian-backed radical Shia group based in Lebanon — regarded by many as even more sophisticated than al-Qaeda — has sharpened its counterintelligence expertise over the years by keeping a step ahead of Mossad, Israel’s secret service. Hezbollah, whose name means Party of God, has become ever more adept at intercepting electronic surveillance, penetrating cellphone networks and recruiting computer science technicians.
“Hezbollah has a long history of underworld wrestling, matching wits with Israeli intelligence agents,” said Wesley Wark, an intelligence expert at the University of Toronto. “Hezbollah has become technologically more sophisticated to avoid detection. It’s an ironic spinoff of having Western agencies monitor their communications.”
Well, they don’t have to worry about that anymore.