ISRAEL - Grave Security Breach Uncovered

Arno Froese

All 6.5 million voters in Israel have just had their personal data leaked, reports the New York Times. The full names, addresses, and identity card numbers are among the information that was leaked about every eligible voter in the country. In some cases, phone numbers were also leaked.

The leak happened through a vulnerability of the website promoting an app called Elector. The app itself, however, did not leak the data. The NYT says a flaw was found on the website of the app that allowed anyone to right-click on the website to view its source code. Inside that source code was the user names and passwords for the website’s admins. Anyone who found these usernames and passwords could then log into the site and download a database with information for every voter in Israel.

The flaw in the website was discovered by an anonymous tipster who disclosed the vulnerability to the Haaretz newspaper. It’s unknown whether anyone actually took advantage of the flaw; however, doing so would take no hacking skills whatsoever. Anyone who knew about the flaw could access the data with a few clicks.

After news of the flaw broke, Elector issued a statement to Israeli news media claiming that the event was a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with.”

-www.fastcompany.com, 10 February 2020

Arno's commentary

This is most unusual. Israel is one of the leading nations when it comes to information technology and security, yet—although by mistake—it allowed personal information to be leaked on the Internet.

This shows there is apparently no absolute security. Global firms, as well as nations the world over, employ the smartest people in this field, yet over and again there are “break-ins.”

For us believers, this is a clear warning that although we are safe in Jesus, we are the enemy’s target. The apostle Paul reveals the real danger in Ephesians 6:12: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” What must we do? He gives the advice in the next verse: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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