‘Saudi’ Hacker leaks Numerous Card Details of Israeli Owners

A man proclaiming to be a 'Saudi hacker' and calling himself "OxOmar," after leaking particulars about numerous Israeli payment cards twice during the 1st-week of January 2012, yet once more attacked during the same period using fresh Internet file which was loaded with a PC-Trojan, published Brecorder.com dated January 7, 2012.

Having first published a message during very early of January 2012, the hackers' gang asserted that it posted on the Internet some 400,000 credit card details. Following that, it again asserted having published still further 11,000 credit card details as well as warned it would post numerous more.

Remarking about the scam, Chief Executive Officer Dov Kotler of Isracard, the company amongst others that the hacking attack affected, stated that the major portion of the leaked details was "incorrect" alternatively "unauthenticated." Merely a percent from the total payment card data published that was unspecified was really authentic. Still, with the number details that were stolen, many illegal purchases were conducted online, Kotler indicated. Theregister.co.uk published this on January 4, 2011.

However, according to Kotler, Isracard has stopped any buying deal through the cards, which got leaked out, adding that anyone suffering a loss owing to the breach shall receive duly compensated. Meanwhile, the company, to help customers towards finding whether they've been affected, has uploaded software on its Internet site to that effect.

Chief of Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority, Yoram Hacohen at the Ministry of Justice in Israel stated that he was less concerned regarding the leakage of payment card numbers and more regarding the personal info that got exposed. According to him, info comprising e-mail ids, residential addresses, phone-numbers and passwords, if exposed, could result in ID-theft. CNN published this on January 9, 2011.

Hacohen stated that it was a crime on global citizens to hack into their private information, as part of the details published were of Jews worldwide in addition to Israelis.

Meanwhile, the Ynet news website of Israel published that according to a PC specialist in the country, OxOmar was actually a Mexican waiter, aged 19-yrs, who was named Omar Habib. AFP reported this dated January 8, 2012.

Related article: “Loopholes did not cause online banking thefts”: ICBC

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