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Saudi hackers claim they published Israeli credit card numbers


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently increased the amount of money Israelis could spend on Internet goods purchased abroad and imported without paying customs duties. The reason for expanding Israelis’ use of EBay and other Web-shopping options was to encourage competitive prices in Israel and make a dent in the cost of living.
But Israelis won’t be in a hurry to cyber shop this week, as thousands woke up Tuesday to find their credit card numbers and personal information published online.
Saudi hackers calling themselves Group-XP claimed they broke into a leading Israeli sports website and redirected users to a page where they could download a file containing the sensitive information.
The hackers claimed they published the personal and credit card information of nearly half a million Israelis. After poring over the lists, credit companies said the number was much lower. According to the Bank of Israel, about 15,000 credit cards were compromised. 
The credit companies said they quickly blocked the cards and will replace them in coming days.
According to Yoram Hacohen, head of the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority — a relatively new information-protection regulator — the source of the information is most likely Israeli businesses that didn’t sufficiently safeguard customer information. 
The hackers may also have merged information from several sources and databases previously breached and published, Hacohen told Israeli radio.  
The credit companies said customers will be reimbursed for any fraudulent purchases made with their cards, as part of the insurance paid for such cases. But the case has raised concerns about information security in Israel, where breaches can expose individuals to identity theft and security risks and the state to cyber terror.
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Saudi hackers claim they published Israeli credit card numbers


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently increased the amount of money Israelis could spend on Internet goods purchased abroad and imported without paying customs duties. The reason for expanding Israelis’ use of EBay and other Web-shopping options was to encourage competitive prices in Israel and make a dent in the cost of living.

But Israelis won’t be in a hurry to cyber shop this week, as thousands woke up Tuesday to find their credit card numbers and personal information published online.

Saudi hackers calling themselves Group-XP claimed they broke into a leading Israeli sports website and redirected users to a page where they could download a file containing the sensitive information.

The hackers claimed they published the personal and credit card information of nearly half a million Israelis. After poring over the lists, credit companies said the number was much lower. According to the Bank of Israel, about 15,000 credit cards were compromised. 

The credit companies said they quickly blocked the cards and will replace them in coming days.

According to Yoram Hacohen, head of the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority — a relatively new information-protection regulator — the source of the information is most likely Israeli businesses that didn’t sufficiently safeguard customer information. 

The hackers may also have merged information from several sources and databases previously breached and published, Hacohen told Israeli radio.  

The credit companies said customers will be reimbursed for any fraudulent purchases made with their cards, as part of the insurance paid for such cases. But the case has raised concerns about information security in Israel, where breaches can expose individuals to identity theft and security risks and the state to cyber terror.

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