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Israeli Arab Nabbed for Cyber-vandalism of Israeli Websites

A 17-year-old Israeli Arab resident is arrested by the police for his association with an international gang of cyber criminals aiming and sabotaging Israeli sites. In 2006, the cyber-terrorists were successful in closing almost 750 Israeli sites, resulting in huge financial losses.

The hackers supposedly damaged several websites owned by the Maccabi Tel Aviv, Likud Party, online shopping portals and Internet websites used by computer systems of different firms as servers.

The fraud section of the Northern District Police is ready to forward a petition asking for five-days of extra remand for the alleged cyber-terrorist on January 1, 2008. The gang, which addresses itself as "Team-Evil", appeared to have roped in cyber-terrorists from countries like Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and several other Islamic nations.

The three key networks from where cyber terrorism have developed or fanned out are situated in Saudi Arabia, and the police believe that mostly Arabs holding Israeli citizenship are also engaged in this mission.

The Israeli youngster arrested recently is actually arrested after a one and half year long probe. The youngster's mother tried to conceal his PC when police came to his residence, however, the PC was discovered, and detectives found further proof of the youth's criminal offense. He will be indicted with a number of grave cyber crimes.

On January 1, 2008, Tzachi Segal, Northern District Fraud Unit's Head of the Computers Team, asserted that the gang leader has been caught following months of thorough investigation. During the course of the investigation, everything about this cyber-terrorist was noted, including his working hours, and a trap was laid to entrap him, as reported on January 1, 2008 by ynet news.

Police spokesperson confirmed that two official complaints have been filed in this instance, though several web hosts are still ignorant that they were targets of this gang of cyber criminals.

Renowned firms and businesses, such as Bank Hapoalim, Bank Otsar Ha-Hayal, the BMW Israel, Citroen Israel, Subaru Israel, Rambam Medical Center, realty firm Tarbut-Hadiur and Jump fashion, everybody found their sites inoperative and substituted by the statement: "Hacked by Team-Evil Arab hackers u KILL Palestine people we KILL Israel servers."

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