Hackers expose Israeli government SCADA logins

By on January 11, 2012, 2:30 PM

The drama surrounding Israel continues to unfold as a group of Anonymous hackers expose employee logins to several government websites. Perhaps most disturbingly, this document (may be taken down any time) also claims the credentials provided give access to a number of Israel's SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems. The document itself includes emails, passwords, hashes and 10 IP addresses that are supposedly Israeli SCADA systems.

At this time of this writing, there were few details regarding the implications. However, such systems are typically used to monitor and regulate processes for industrial control purposes, such as a agricultural complexes, factories or public services and utilities.

Of the information provided, logins included the following domains: mod.gov.il (Israel's Ministry of Defense), idf.gov.il (Israeli Defense Force), beijing.mfa.gov.il (Israeli Chinese Embassy) and hy.health.gov.il (Israel's Ministry of Health). It is unknown whether or not the exposed logins provide any meaningful access, let alone work, but having this information out in the wild could prove serious.

This unwittingly timely article at PCMag reports on a speech given at the third annual International Conference on Cyber Security in New York City addressing security problem with SCADA systems. "It would take us 5 years and $25 million to change a SCADA system," a speaker said. Here's more:

In recent years, we've seen an alarming number of breaches (and misreports) into critical infrastructure of industrial control systems, like electric and power grids, known simply as SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition). 0 Comments, [sic] that enduring, infrastructure-targeting beast of a computer worm that crippled Iran's nuclear facilities in 2010, probably comes to mind first. Duqu, another worm believed to be written by the same authors, was programmed to steal industrial trade secrets. Together the worms have infected around 100,000 computers equipped with Siemens PLCs and Windows-based industrial software.

What motivates the cyber criminals behind such attacks? It's not hard to imagine: terrorism, extortion, political activism.

The stolen logins may are most likely linked to an intrusion credited to 0xOmar, earlier this month. Potentially, the attack exposed 400,000 credit cards, names, addresses, Israel ID numbers (Social Security) and other details of Israeli citizens. The hacker claimed to be a member of Anonymous, but there is no word whether or not he was involved in today's activities.

Earlier, the Israeli government condemned 0xOmar's actions and compared hacking to terrorism. In the very strongly worded statement, an official said that no aggressor would be immune to Israel's retaliation. However, it appears that message hasn't intimidated hackers.




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Gars Gars said:

i find it very disturbing

bad things r comming :/

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The last group of people I'd want to screw around with is Israel. These Anonymous hackers are going to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulder wondering when Mossad is going to tap them on the shoulder....or over the head.

Guest said:

You are totally wrong My friend , You have No idea of what Anonymous are capable of doing .

EXPECT US

Guest said:

I say keep up the good work,,, maybe the governments will start doing the jobs they are suppose to be doing,,, working for the people,,, not the rich that want to break our backs to get richer'... Thumbs up to you guys and gals that put them on the hot seat and make it public to the people as it should be...

PEACE

Guest said:

LOL, I pity these hackers.

They messed with the wrong country, Israel Intelligence is NOT something to be toyed with.

Will probably end up seeing "Israel hacker commits suicide!" Or "Fell off a building" sooner or later.

Guest said:

What does this mean?

Guest said:

"Will probably end up seeing "Israel hacker commits suicide!" Or "Fell off a building" sooner or later."

Are you insinuating that Israel are cold-blooded killers? That kind of insinuation could get you killed! ;)

Israel should be improving there cyber-defense and not going after some zit-popping 16 your old nerd who probably hasn't ever even been on a date.

Archean Archean, TechSpot Paladin, said:

TomSEA said:

The last group of people I'd want to screw around with is Israel. These Anonymous hackers are going to spend the rest of their lives looking over their shoulder wondering when Mossad is going to tap them on the shoulder....or over the head.

I don't sympathize with the hackers or the Mossad people, for one simple fact, many things these actors do can be termed downright terrorism.

Guest said:

Ironic that Israel should be on the receiving end of (what are almost certainly) their own hax.

Whosoever diggeth the pit shall fall in it.

Guest said:

haha, Israel is a joke

Guest said:

If you take down one member of anonymous 5 will stand up and take his/her place. if you take down five members of anonymous 25 will fill the void left behind. We are an ideology., that will last through the ages... expect us

Guest said:

We are anonymous, we do not forgive, we do not forget, expect us!!!!!

Guest said:

better hack the banks or nsa if you can.

Guest said:

I agree the sheep scared of their own shadows, many of us believe governments should FEAR its people, not the other way around.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

We are anonymous, we do not forgive, we do not forget, expect us...

...to ask for milk and cookies when school lets out?

You guys seem to real keen on running an already tired cliché into the ground

Y U no recruit Honey Badger ?

Guest said:

Wikileaks,and anonymous are fools and driven by totally dishonorable purposes.They "SELECTIBELY" target the most secure and sensitive of ceretain nations intelligence,and then feel free(and unpunishable),and for some reason heros..NOTICE please the lack of references to Russian,ar Chinese intelligences...There is nothing brave or heroic about these efitte narcisus's.They are "intelectual smobs and they are bored,and thier purposes are not quite as pure as they would seem!!THEY ARE THE ENEMIES OF THE UNITED STATES AND HER ALLIES,MAKE NO MISTAKE!!These little pukes are a needless danger to(albiet at times disconcerting),the diplomatic,and intyellihence gathering of "western(America) and thier allies(Israel,France,England,and all that are not allied with China,or Russia!!!!!

Guest said:

They better be careful which cell phones they use from now on, never know when one will "explode in your ear"!

Guest said:

Only one response will come from these exploits. The severe and complete crippling of the internet. Governments will use these breaches to enact laws which will cripple the ability for people to share ideas, get news unfiltered from governmental sources, and allow people to stand up and share knowledge unhindered by borders and ideologies.

Pay attention...could be done by the very governments which want these types of censors enacted... The web is the ability for us all to reach around the globe. We don't need "papers" or "tickets"...we can talk...share...and rise above the geographical expanse.

Pay attention...because you can does not mean you should.

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