January 9, 2012
Israel Vows Retribution For Credit Card Related Cybercrime
Israeli officials have promised to respond to a cyber-attack that resulted in the theft and leakage of thousands of credit cards belonging to citizens of that country, BBC News reported Saturday.
According to the British news organization, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon called such activities as "a breach of sovereignty comparable to a terrorist operation" and that it "must be treated as such."
"Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action," he added, without elaborating on those capabilities, the BBC News report added.
That report notes that a hacker named OxOmar, who claims to be from Saudi Arabia, has claimed responsibility for leaking at least 6,000 valid credit card numbers. An aide to Ayalon told Reuters that the Deputy Foreign Minister was aware of reports claiming that OxOmar might be in Mexico, but that authorities in that country had not yet been contacted for assistance.
The Ynet news website out of Israel previously reported that the hackers, who posted the stolen information online Tuesday, called the attack a "gift to the world for the New Year" and said that they hoped it would "hurt the Zionist pocket."
As previously reported on RedOrbit, the hackers responsible initially claimed to have compromised 400,000 credit-card holders. However, Israel's central bank disputes that, insisting that only about 15,000 active accounts were affected.
Israel David, CEO of Israel Credit Cards-Cal Ltd, confirmed the security breach on January 3 but that said the cards were already being removed from the system.
In a radio interview, Isracard CEO Dov Kotler said that there was no breach of security at any banks or credit card firms, and that the breach was not too serious, as it affected just a fraction of the country's approximately 7 million credit cards currently in use.
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