Hezbollah Turns off Electricity — A Trick Aimed at Avoiding Israeli Electronic Espionage

Does this really work?  Hezbollah, more than just a Shi’ite Muslim armed political faction in Lebanon, is also a clever foe — often confronting Israel with surprising tactics and countermeasures.

The Hezbollah flag, seen on the website of its Al Manar “news service”

In this excerpt of a report by Yossi Melman (co-author of Spies Against Armageddon) — published in Hebrew by the Israeli periodical Sof HaShavua and then in English by The Jerusalem PostMelman discusses the Hezbollah tactic of shutting off the electricity across a wide area in Lebanon.

Israel’s Military Intelligence (MI, the agency also known by its Hebrew acronym Aman) believes that the power blackouts are frequently aimed at hampering Israel’s espionage work inside and near Lebanon, specifically when a transfer of missiles or other equipment from Syria is about to begin:

When there is sometimes no electricty or telephone service,  communications between the intelligence command, operatives and agents responsible for getting information on the ground, become more difficult, and electronic intelligence gathering methods (SIGINT) are disrupted.

Hezbollah’s intelligence and information security operatives understand that if the disruption of electricity and telephone networks is too consistent or regular, the enemy – mainly Israeli intelligence, although others also gather intelligence on this subject – can learn the “print,” the pattern in which the networks are taken down. Therefore, they use deception tactics, disrupting networks even when there is no operation to transfer weapons being carried out.

For almost two decades, the Israeli intelligence establishment, led by Military Intelligence and the Mossad, has been playing a game of wits, and cat and mouse with the intelligence establishments of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. Israel is trying to obtain as much information as possible on the weapons supply
“food chain,” beginning with Iran’s decision to supply weapons, through their transfer to Syria and until their arrvial at the bunkers.

These bunkers, according to foreign reports, are concentrated mainly in Shi’ite villages in the Bekaa Valley and in the Dachia quarter in southern Beirut – the location of Hezbollah’s central command, which has been rebuilt in recent years after having been almost completely destroyed by the IAF during the Second Lebanon War.

“This is a battle in which every imaginable means is employed,” said Amos Yadlin, MI chief up until two-and-a-half years ago and current director of the Institute for National Security Studies.

Click here to read the rest of Melman’s article: http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/In-Depth-How-Iranian-weapons-go-through-Syria-to-Hezbollah-314312


May 30, 2013

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