Islamic Jihad master hacker Maagad Ben Juwad Oydeh was convicted in a plea bargain on several terror and cyber hacking charges by the Beersheba District Court on Monday for hacking the IDF’s drones hovering over Gaza, enabling Hamas commanders to view the drone video feed.
An indictment filed by the Southern District Attorney’s Office in March 2016 also charged Oydeh with hacking into the IDF, the police and the transportation authority’s video cameras, enabling the terror group to study the location of civilians and IDF personnel in real-time as it was firing rockets during conflicts.
The plea bargain, which included dropping some charges, also contained a suggested jail sentence of nine years, but the court is not bound to the recommendation.
According to the indictment, Oydeh’s hacking also allowed Islamic Jihad to keep track of the movement of airplanes at Ben Gurion Airport, to view the passenger list on incoming and outgoing flights, the type of airplane and its weight and landing and departure times.
Known as a computer and electronics engineer and master hacker, he joined the terror group in 2011 and first successfully hacked into the IDF’s drones as early as 2012.
Oydeh’s first contact with Islamic Jihad came in his father’s electronics store where he met Ismail Dahduah, known as Abu Jihad in his capacity as an agent of the terror group.
At first, Oydeh’s responsibilities were limited to working as an engineer and a presenter for the group’s radio station, which included incitement against Jews.
Even at this point, Oydeh received a monthly salary from Islamic Jihad.
Later, Dahduah asked Oydeh to help him hack into Israel’s transportation authority cameras.
Oydeh hacked in so that Dahduah could view their video feed on his laptop and even record the feed.
Next, Duhduah requested that Oydeh hack into the IDF’s drones flying over Gaza.
Oydeh purchased from the US all of the required machinery and technology for hacking into the drones and worked on the project for weeks.
He failed to hack into the drones twice, before finally succeeding on the third try.
After the hacking, Oydeh could also pinpoint the GPS coordinates of all IDF drones.
They continued hacking into the drones from 2012 until 2014 when their hacking was blocked.
In 2013, Duaduah asked Oydeh to hack into Israeli Cellcom and Orange cellphones and Palestinian Juwal cellphones to help locate Israeli moles within Islamic Jihad.
Oydeh succeeded in hacking into Juwal, but failed to break through Cellcom and Orange’s firewalls.
Also, in 2013, Duhduah asked Oydeh to hack into various Ben Gurion Airport information centers and video feeds to assist in successfully striking airplanes at the airport with rockets.
In order to hack in, Oydeh stole an entrance code from American Jon Metrick, who had access to all of the data they desired.
He then changed the username and code for entering the account in order to control the account going forward.
In April 2013, Duhduah called Oydeh to his house for a meeting in which he and other agents in the group said they wanted to send him to Iran to acquire further training in technologies to help them fight Israel.
Oydeh agreed and was accepted by Iran for being trained, but at the last second an internal disagreement within Islamic Jihad ended the initiative.
Moving into other areas for the group, from 2014 until September 2015, Oydeh administered loans to Islamic Jihad members using funds provided by Iran.
In 2015, Duhduah turned his gaze on Hamas, hacking into its interior ministry records to help Islamic Jihad learn details about potential recruits and to better check the commitment of its agents to the organization.
Up until his arrest in 2016, Oydeh continued to repair and upgrade the organizations’ computers, video cameras and technology.
Oydeh was also charged with spying, conspiracy, contact with enemy agents and membership in an illegal organization.
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