MembersFake News About Israel Aimed at Disrupting Sudan

Malicious plan to spark riots in Sudan through false statements attributed to Israeli opposition leader

By Edy Cohen |
Demonstration in Sudan
Photo: EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED ABU OBAID

What will people think of next?!

Last week saw a sophisticated scheme to create resentment and even riots among the Sudanese people against their own administration, after the Sudanese government decided a few weeks ago to normalize relations with Israel.

In mid-November, thousands of Sudanese citizens began receiving WhatsApp messages deceptively claiming that Israeli politician Yair Lapid, who heads the opposition to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government, had revealed acts of corruption by Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok.

The WhatsApp notifications were based on a counterfeit article made to look as if published on the popular Israeli news portal Ynet! The false article was ostensibly written by political correspondent Moran Azulai.

A landing page was even created to look just like the Ynet website, down to the advertisements appearing on it. This sophisticated scam was presumably hatched by an intelligence organization. Apparently the source of the fraud is the cyber department of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.

Below are a two excerpts from the fake Lapid speech...

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