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article imageSaudis hack thousands of Israeli credit card details

By Lesley Lanir     Jan 3, 2012 in Crime
Saudi hackers exposed personal banking information of thousands of Israelis by hacking into a sports site on the Internet and obtaining credit card details.
Thousands of Israelis blocked the Internet and phone system this morning contacting banks and checking the list of 100,000s of credit card numbers and personal details published on the Internet by Saudi hackers.
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reports that a Saudi hacker from Group-XP claimed they had infiltrated a popular sports website, One, and published personal information of hundreds of thousands of Israelis, Galeh Tsal – Israel’s army radio reported early this morning, Tuesday 3 January, that many of the numbers repeat themselves and the number of individuals is in the 1000s not 100,000s.
The Saudi hacker who calls himself 'xOmar 0' claims that credit card details, personal addresses, names, phone numbers and ID numbers of Israeli individuals listed on the sports website have been exposed.
Israelis who visited One’s website on Monday were led to, where the hacker had left a message encouraging visitors to download a linked file of personal information of 100,000s of Israelis. The information included what the hacker called '65 Zionists', and details of hundreds of people who donated to rabbis.
According to the message posted by the Saudi hacker, a member of the Wahhabi hacker group, the goal was to reach the credit card numbers of one million Israelis.
As quoted by Haaretz the hacker wrote:
“We decided to give the world a gift for New Years – the personal information of 400 thousand Israelis.”
The website, One, said they were looking into the issue. Israeli radio news Galeh Tsal reports that the credit card companies have announced that customers do not need to be concerned; all credit card numbers exposed have been blocked; all funds erroneously used will be returned and new credit cards issued.
To help Israelis discover if their credit card numbers have been exposed, a list with partial details of cards on the hacked list has been published on the Internet site room404.
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