The Israeli army warned its soldiers on Wednesday that its Islamist arch-enemy Hamas was using fake Facebook profiles to gain access to their mobile phone data.
Hamas members would find soldiers on Facebook using fake profiles and invite them to start a chat with what appears to be an attractive young woman.
Later, the soldier's new Facebook friend would ask him to download an app that would allow them to communicate more easily. This app, the army contends on an official blog, "turns their phones into the terror group’s own personal information source."
The app can let Hamas access contacts, location, apps, pictures, and files, as well as video from the camera and audio from the microphone, the blog said.
"The Intelligence Directorate ... is continuing to work to combat this new threat and identify these fake profiles before they can target any more soldiers," it said.
In order to avoid falling for the scam, the blog advised soldiers not to download anything from a suspect source and to turn off the GPS when the phone is not in use.
Militant Islamist movement Hamas is in control of the Gaza Strip and has fought several conflicts against the Israeli army.