Dubai assassins used email trojan to track Hamas victim

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Thu Jan 6 08:11:47 UTC 2011

The successful operation to kill a Hamas commander in Dubai in January

2010 followed a botched attempt by the same Israeli hit squad to kill
the same target two months previously, according to reports.

Suspected members of the hit squad, numbering more than 27, gained entry
to the UAE in January 2010 using forged passports. A dozen of these
passports were older UK passports without biometric chips, which were
standard issue before 2006. Other suspected hit squad members used
Irish, French, German or Australian travel documents.

The team knew of al-Mabhouh’s movement partly because they had bugged
his computer with a Trojan horse that allowed them to monitor his email.
Although they knew he was travelling to Dubai they did not know which
hotel he was staying at, necessitating the use of a team to trail him to
the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel. Other hit squad members staked out hotels
al-Mabhouh had used in previous trips to the UAE.

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