Hacker charged with breaking into Mossad recruitment Website

By The Associated Press

An Internet site run by the Mossad intelligence agency to recruit agents was hacked by an Israeli man, Israel Radio reported yesterday.

The man, 23, who was not identified, was arrested and has been charged in a Jerusalem court, the radio reported. It did not say what the charges were or when the incident occurred.

Both the Prime Minister’s Office, which is responsible for the intelligence services, and the Justice Ministry refused to comment.

The Mossad, which was once so secretive that it prohibited the publication of the identity of its director, has opened up slightly in recent years.

It set up the Internet site last year in an attempt to widen the pool of potential recruits, allowing aspiring agents to submit online applications and send in a resume. Previously, the only way to become a Mossad operative was to receive an invitation to join the agency.

Bearing the legend the “the Mossad is opening,” the Hebrew language site says that if you speak a foreign language fluently, have varied life experience, the ability to work independently, are a creative thinker and willing to live
overseas, the agency may have a position for you.

According to the radio report, prosecutors say the man deliberately hacked into the system, and an expert witness described the attempt as a sophisticated attack.

However, the defense said the man just wanted to ensure that the information he was sending on his application form was secure and would not fall into the wrong hands, the radio said.

The man reportedly succeeded in breaking into the system but was unable to decipher the information he received.

Application forms in both Hebrew and English on the site promise that all information submitted is stored on “Israel’s state security protected servers.”

The expert witness told the court that there are hundreds of attempts to hack the Mossad site each day, but most of them come from outside Israel, the radio said.

The defense criticized the Mossad for taking the issue to court instead of checking their site security, the radio said.

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