The exposé on current cyber-warfare tactics used by the United States and its allies cited American officials revealing Israel's hand in the recent success in penetrating the hard-to-track cyber tactics utilized by Islamic State and other extremist groups.
A small Syria-based cell of IS bomb makers was hacked months ago, an effort that led to the 21 March "laptop ban" on direct flights to the USA from ten airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, the New York Times reported.
The Times' David Sanger and Eric Schmitt reported that this intelligence was "so exquisite that it enabled the United States to understand how the weapons could be detonated".
In May, a previous report said an Israeli intelligence asset embedded within an Islamic State terror cell may have been put at risk following Trump's alleged disclosure of highly sensitive intelligence during an Oval Office meeting with Russian officials.
But this Israeli hack has also been connected to the Trump-Russia narrative. Following the United States laptop ban, Britain announced a similar prohibition for flights originating from six countries.
Mr. Trump has not acknowledged that Israel was in fact the source of the information.
Once inside, Israeli hackers gathered intelligence indicating the Islamic State "was working to make explosives that fooled airport X-ray machines and other screening by looking exactly like batteries for laptop computers", the report said.
Reports of the leak made waves in the Israeli intelligence community, with some former heads of the Mossad decrying Trump and calling for the USA to be "punished" for the gaffe.
The Washington Post reported that during the meeting Trump shared information "provided by a US partner through an intelligence-sharing arrangement considered so sensitive that details have been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the USA government".
According to a May report by the times, the source of the classified intelligence was Israel.
Yet that too was a change in the narrative surrounding the laptop plot, as way back in March, US officials were suggesting that the bomb threat was from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), not ISIS, and that they'd uncovered the plot in the course of a January raid in Yemen.
Intelligence officials, at the time, said the information had been shared with the United States with a stipulation that it not be forwarded to anyone else, including allies. "I have people brief me on great intel every day", Trump told the Russians, according to reports.
US President Donald Trump, center, talks to reporters before a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, at the King David Hotel, in Jerusalem May 22, 2017. The group relies on social media to recruit, fundraise and inspire future attacks.