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Report: Israel examines hacker’s claim of voter registry breach

Israeli authorities are reportedly investigating a hacker's claims on Twitter that he successfully breached the country's voter registry in the days leading up to tomorrow's 2019 legislative election.

Nicknamed DarkCoder, the hacker contended in a Saturday tweet that he stole information on 6 million Israeli voters, even posting a picture displaying victims' names identity numbers and addresses.

However, it's possible that the individual merely recycled information from an 11-year-old incident known as the Agron Affair, during which time Israel's population registry was stolen and publicly leaked, according to a report from Haaretz. Indeed, similar hacking claims in the past have turned out to be hoaxes that used data stolen in the Agron Affair, the news agency notes.

DarkCoder reportedly tweeted that he executed the breach as part of OpIsrael, an annual coordinated cyberattack campaign conducted by anti-Israel hacktivists.

Israel's National Cyber Directorate, Central Elections Committee and Population Authority are among the agencies investigating the claim, Haaretz states.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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