Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Israeli-Saudi Cyberwar Heats Up
Right now this all comes under the boys will be boys’ category, but has the real potential of causing real actionable damage somewhere. With the
already engaged with the task of shoving this genie back in the bottle, I would
suggest that wiser heads prevail everywhere and that this nonsense gets shut
down soonest. Anyone dumb enough to try
this in the US
by targeting US military assets would find himself treated to a midnight visit
and confiscation of his hardware. US
In the meanwhile the Chinese have been happily raiding databases around the globe with impunity, or so they say. The immediate result is that really vulnerable targets have woken up and are hardening up if they had not done so long ago. This happens every few years to keep everyone on their toes and to produce ample revenue for software consultants.
In all this, do ask what part of your data has value to anyone else and simply go from there. It is noteworthy that the data they are throwing around is personal financial data and even that requires a criminal organization on the ground to exploit it.
Israeli-Saudi Cyberwar Heats Up
Last week the Insider Report disclosed that an Israeli teenager identified only as “OxOmer” launched a cyberwar counterattack against Saudi hackers who divulged tens of thousands of Israeli credit card numbers on the Internet.
Now the Saudi hackers have struck again, attacking the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al Israel Airlines.
And once again OxOmer has retaliated, bringing down the official websites of
Monetary Agency and ’s
Securities Exchange on Tuesday. Abu Dhabi
In the new attacks on
“what was hacked was our main website, which provides information,” Idit
Yaaron, a Tel Aviv Stock Exchange spokeswoman, said on Monday. “The trading
computer was not hacked and trading is going on as usual.” Israel
El Al issued a statement saying it was taking measures to protect its website and warned there may be more disruptions.
OxOmer claims he is 17 years old and belongs to a four-member team of hackers who call themselves
Defenders. In the earlier counterattack, they published hundreds of Saudi
credit card numbers. They told the Israel Jerusalem
Post they were also behind the new attacks on the Saudi and sites. Abu Dhabi
They said in a message on a forum that their actions came “because lame hackers from
decided to launch an attack against Israeli sites.” Saudi Arabia
The cyberwar shows no signs of ending. The Saudi hacker who calls himself OxOmar told the Post he would continue to organize attacks on Israeli sites until the government apologized for what he called “genocide against
And Israeli hacker OxOmer warned: “If the lame attacks from
will continue, we will move to the next level, which will disable these sites
longer term.” Saudi Arabia
Also on Monday, a pro-Israeli hacker named
opened up another front in the
cyberwar, publishing the details of 30,000 Facebook account holders from Arab
countries, and threatening to publish information about bank accounts and
credit cards belonging to Arab citizens if the attacks on Israeli sites
Then on Wednesday, Arab hackers broke into the server of
Israel’s Anti-Drug Authority and redirected
visitors to a website showing images of Palestinian gunmen and the words “death
to Israel” and “ hackers were here.” Gaza
A group of Israeli hackers calling themselves the “IDF Team” retaliated on Thursday by disabling the websites of the Arab Bank of
and the UAE’s central bank, the
Post reported. Palestine
The Israeli hackers threatened to “disable stock market sites, government sites, and sites related to economy and even security.”
The cyberwar continues.