Photo Credit: Tomer Neuberg / Flash 90
In the Mission Control room at Israel Aerospace Industries in Yahud, Feb. 2019

The Iran-linked Pay2Key hacker group boasted Sunday that its operatives managed to breach the database belonging to Israel Aerospace Industries’ subsidiary Elta Systems.

According to a report by CTech Calcalist quoting Israeli cyber experts, Pay2Key is not officially linked to the Iranian regime, but the group is either based in Iran or operated by Farsi-speaking hackers who appear to be motivated by avarice, rather than espionage.

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In the past two months, the hacker group has used its ransomware to attack several Israeli companies; most recently they hit the servers of the Intel-owned Habana Labs.

Among the information gleaned in Sunday’s cyber heist was a new database of names from Elta’s servers. “IAI might think they have the most protected network, but this should be backed with proof,” the hackers wrote, alongside the list that was offered as proof, CTech Calcalist reported.

One of the names from the database exposed by the hackers was Camila Edry, Elta’s head of cyber projects development.

Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company, IAI specializes in the development and manufacture of advanced weaponry and defense systems for all branches of the military, including cyber and homeland security.

Elta Systems, one of Israel’s premier defense electronics firms, develops and produces radar systems, early warning systems, communication and intelligence technologies, electronic warfare technologies and cybersecurity products.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.