Cairo, Dec 28 (ANI): Tareq Abdul Razzaq Hassan, an Egyptian accused of spying for Mossad, has allegedly told his interrogators that he brought down the country's internet network two years ago.
Mossad is Israel's foreign intelligence agency.
According to The Telegraph, the confessions of Hassan, a businessman, represent the latest evidence of growing public tensions between Israel and Egypt.
On December 2008, severe disruptions to Egypt's Internet services were blamed on damage to underwater data cables caused by a ship's anchor.
However, Hassan told police that Israel's foreign intelligence agency had actually planned the disruption.
This is not the first time that Israel has been linked to politically motivated cyber attacks, with a number of experts suggesting that Mossad was the most likely culprit behind Stuxnet, a powerful computer worm that caused serious damage to Iran's nuclear programme.
Hassan, who is due to go on trial next month, allegedly also confessed to receiving money to recruit spies in Syria and Egypt, the paper said. (ANI)