(AP) An Internet site run by the Mossad intelligence
agency to recruit agents was hacked by an Israeli
man, Israel Radio reported yesterday. The man, 23, who was not identified, was arrested and
has been charged in a Jerusalem court, the radio
reported. It did not say what the charges were or when the incident occurred.
Both the Prime Minister’s Office, which is responsible for the intelligence services, and the Justice Ministry refused to comment.
The Mossad, which was once so secretive that it
prohibited the publication of the identity of
its director, has opened up slightly in recent
It set up the Internet site last year in an
attempt to widen the pool of potential
recruits, allowing aspiring agents to submit
online applications and send in a resume.
Previously, the only way to become a Mossad
operative was to receive an invitation to join
Bearing the legend the “the Mossad is opening,”
the Hebrew language site says that if you speak
a foreign language fluently, have varied life
experience, the ability to work independently,
are a creative thinker and willing to live
overseas, the agency may have a position for
According to the radio report, prosecutors say
the man deliberately hacked into the system,
and an expert witness described the attempt as
a sophisticated attack.
However, the defense said the man just wanted to
ensure that the information he was sending on
his application form was secure and would not
fall into the wrong hands, the radio said.
The man reportedly succeeded in breaking into
the system but was unable to decipher the
information he received.
Application forms in both Hebrew and English on
the site promise that all information submitted
is stored on “Israel’s state security protected
The expert witness told the court that there are
hundreds of attempts to hack the Mossad site
each day, but most of them come from outside
Israel, the radio said.
The defense criticized the Mossad for taking the
issue to court instead of checking their site
security, the radio said.