Israeli defense minister’s cleaner accused of espionage — Analysis

A cleaner for Israel’s defense minister has been accused of espionage after allegedly offering to place malware on his boss’ household computer for an Iran-linked hacking group.

The Shin Bet security services stated that Omri, who was a housekeeper to Defense Minister Benny Gantz and an ex-bank robber, had been in contact with an unknown person via social media just before his arrest. 

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Goren reached out to me earlier in the month. “a figure affiliated with Iran and offered to help him in different ways, in light of his access to the minister’s home,”According to Israel Times, this statement is read.

It is understood that Goren offered to spy and place malware on Gantz’s computer on behalf of a hacking group, reportedly called ‘Black Shadow’ and associated with Iran, Tel Aviv’s perennial enemy. It is also said that he provided photos of Gantz’s residence to prove he had access. 

The Central District Prosecutor has filed charges of espionage against Goren. According to The Times of Israel, the sentence for the accused could be between 10 and 15 year if he is convicted.

Lod’s 37-year old resident was sentenced to four consecutive prison terms, with the last one for four years. Goren was convicted of five offenses between 2002 and 2013, including two for bank robbery.

Shin Bet announced that it would be reviewing their background checks for employees “with the goal of limiting the possibility of cases like this repeating themselves in the future.”

Gal Wolf, Gal’s attorney, said that Goren had intended to get money from Iran without spying.

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