Hackers Deface Israeli Deputy Minister's Website
    2012-01-10 23:34:14     Xinhua       Web Editor: Yihang

Several Arab hackers temporarily managed to post protest images on the personal website of Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, Danny Ayalon, on Monday, Ayalon's media advisor, Ashley Perry, told Xinhua on Tuesday.

The faux page was taken down within half an hour, Perry said.

One of the hackers claimed to be from a group calling itself " Gaza HaCKeR Team," according to one of the photos provided to Xinhua.

"They will not be able to stop my activities and work on behalf of Israel," Ayalon's said.

"... Cyberspace appears to be the new battlefield and our opponents will not be able to defeat us on this plane either," according to the statement.

Meanwhile, a group of Israeli hackers on Monday bragged that they'd broken into Saudi shopping websites, and collected data on thousands of credit cards.

The hackers told Ynet news that the deed was payback for last week's posting online of credit card numbers and other personal details of some 14,000 Israelis - apparently - by a Saudi group of hackers.

The Israeli group claims that along with the credit card information, they also managed to access personal data of the Saudi cardholders.

"At the moment, we're holding on to the information and waiting for the right moment to publish it," they said, warning that "If the leaks continue, we will cause severe damage to the privacy of Saudi citizens."

The Bank of Israel (BOI) and the three major credit card companies scrambled to block further online exposure, and reassured clients that they would be reimbursed for any false use of their cards online and via telephone sales.

"We decided to give the world a gift for New Year - the personal information of 400,000 Israelis," one hacker, identified as xOmar 0, wrote in a message, adding that his group sought to collect the credit card details of one million Israelis.

"We found the idea of 400,000 people crowding Israeli credit card companies and banks to complain, watching Israeli banks shredding the cards - appealing," he explained.

As credit card companies were feverishly working to block thousands of cards, Israeli newspapers published the hacked list on their websites, enabling readers to check whether they are among the victims.

"Visa sent me a text message that my card has been blocked and will be replaced in the coming days," Adam Bihari, a 27-year-old student from Jerusalem, told Xinhua.

Israel averages about 350 on-line hacking attempts per second, every day, according to Assaf Keren, the former project director for Israel's e-Gov portal. The portal offers a wealth of services for the public at large, and is, among other major sites like the BOI, considered a prime hacker magnet by Israel's political foes and criminal elements.

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