Hezbollah – the Executive Council – the Electronic Unit (Hezbollah’s “Electronic Army”)

*This article is part of a series of articles dealing with the structure of Hezbollah in general with the various councils and the executive council on its various civilian entities in particular (see the introduction here)

This unit is secret and is located in a special building belonging to Hezbollah’s communications unit. The unit is under the direct control of Abdullah Kassir, an aide to the head of the Executive Council, employing more than a hundred people.

Abdullah Kassir

The “electronic army” operates on social networks against Hezbollah’s opponents, promotes Hezbollah’s narratives, conducts campaigns on various networks, influences the mindset of public opinion, and, if necessary, carries out cyberattacks on Hezbollah opponents.

A sub-unit called “Simia” operates within the electronic unit. “Simia” is in charge of creating Hezbollah’s bot army of about 1,000 accounts and is used to promote Hezbollah’s political goals. The group also uses its expertise to report “anti-Hezbollah” users to Facebook and Twitter, which in turn causes these “anti-Hezbollah” users to be blocked or removed from the network. The unit also operates various websites and Facebook pages that belong to Hezbollah and are widely distributed. In addition, the unit is also engaged in data security.

Under the command of the electronic unit, there are probably two additional sub-units. The first processes and analyzes information found on a phone or computer that has been the target of their hacking. The second engages in monitoring and surveilling web accounts.

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Tal Beeri

Tal Beeri

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