Hackers posing as beautiful women sent ‘selfies’ to Syrian rebels on Skype… and stole battle plans with hidden viruses

Hackers targeted Syrian rebels with online ‘honey traps’ by posing as beautiful women to steal battle plans and the identity of defectors, a security firm has said.

A report by U.S. cybersecurity firm FireEye tracked hacking operations in late 2013 and early 2014 that targeted Syrian opposition fighters, media activists and humanitarian aid workers.

FireEye said it was unclear whether the information stolen from the Syrian opposition had been passed onto the Syrian government and who the hackers were working for.

But the hacked material included a detailed opposition military plan for an attack in 2013 on the town of Khirbet Ghazaleh, strategically located in southern Daraa province.