Iran’s Unconventional Espionage Tactics: Recruiting Israeli Civilians for Intelligence Missions

Israeli Security Agency revealed the foiling of an Iranian honeypot network targeting unsuspecting Israeli civilians to gather intelligence and commit terror attacks under the guise of criminal activities. The network contacted Israelis through social media, employment websites, and even targeted families of fallen soldiers and Israelis taken hostage by Hamas. The Israelis were sent on paid reconnaissance missions to gather information and take photos of specific addresses and sites of interest to expand Iran’s intelligence pool on Israel. Some Israelis alerted security officials about the suspicious inquiries. Additionally, a group of Hebrew-speaking women in Iran were reportedly trained by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) to send sexually explicit images to Israeli soldiers in attempts to access information. Similarly, Hamas has been using similar tactics to endanger soldiers’ lives or gain access to military information.