Palestinian Sentenced for Hacking into Israeli Drones

An Israel soldier prepares to launch an Israeli army's Skylark I unmanned drone aircraft, which is used for monitoring purposes on July 14, 2014 at an army deployment area near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip.
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The Times of Israel reports: A court in Israel on Thursday sentenced a Palestinian computer engineer from Gaza to nine years in prison for hacking into Israeli drones for the terror group Islamic Jihad, the Justice Ministry said.

A transcript of the court proceedings released by the ministry said that Majid Oweida, a 23-year-old from Gaza City, had been convicted of spying and other offenses, following a plea bargain earlier this week.

On Thursday, it said, the district court in the southern city of Beersheba passed sentence.

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