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[ISN] Dubai Assassination Followed Failed Attempt by Same Team

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Thu Jan 06 2011 - 11:27:27 GMT

By Kim Zetter
Threat Level
January 4, 2011

The successful assassination of a high-ranking member of Hamas early
last year in Dubai followed an unsuccessful attempt by the same hit team
two months earlier, according to a magazine story out this month.

The elite team suspected of orchestrating the kill tried to poison
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in November 2009 in Dubai, according to GQ magazine.
The unknown toxin, possibly slipped into a drink or placed on fixtures
in a hotel room, left al-Mabhouh mysteriously ill but not fatally so.
Al-Mabhouh recovered from the illness without knowing he’d been
poisoned, only to be killed by the same team about two months later on
Jan. 19, 2010.

The article, written by Ronen Bergman, an Israeli investigative
journalist and author, leaves no question that Israel’s Mossad
intelligence agency was behind the attack. The agency’s code name for
al-Mabhouh was Plasma Screen.

Most of the details in the article have been previously reported, but
the piece does add some new information.

Israeli spies, for example, had been monitoring al-Mabhouh’s e-mail and
online activities via a Trojan horse planted on his computer, and
therefore knew when he’d be arriving in Dubai, according Bergman. They
did not, however, know which hotel he’d be staying at, which forced the
well-prepared hit squad to improvise a bit.


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