Monday, December 2, 2013

Report: Hezbollah being targeted by mysterious website

Spies gossiping about who is behind the website, which aims to uncover information about Hezbollah leaders. Could the source be Israel?
BEIRUT—A mysterious website offering financial rewards for information about alleged members of Hezbollah’s international operations wing has become a major topic of conversation in intelligence circles around the Middle East, with operatives wondering who is behind the effort.

The site, which appeared without fanfare, claims to be the work of an alliance of Western intelligence agencies. But two Western security officials familiar with the project said it is likely an Israeli operation to gather data on one of the world’s most secretive organizations.

Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim movement, has long been the focus of Israeli and Western intelligence agencies. It has been accused in a long string of terrorist incidents.

The site, which can be found at, says its mission is to bring attention to Hezbollah’s so-called “Unit 910.” The site accuses it of being Hezbollah’s international operations unit tasked with conducting intelligence gathering and performing operations around the world.

The site contains photographs of dozens of alleged operatives along with requests for readers to submit any information on the men, who range from suspects known to authorities to dozens of apparently unidentified Hezbollah members. In many cases, the site shows a picture and no further information and offers rewards for phone numbers, real names and even home addresses of the men.

Although it purports to be a multi-country effort at battling the Lebanese Shiite group, two Western intelligence officials familiar with both the site and Hezbollah’s international operations said the site is maintained by Israeli intelligence services.