Israeli hackers strike back against recent cyber attacks

By on January 18, 2012, 1:39 PM

Pro-Israeli hackers who call themselves "IDF-Team" are attempting to even the score after a recent spate of cyber attacks targeting Israel. On Wednesday, the hackers used distributed denial of service attacks against Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) websites. At the time of this writing, ADX appears to still be down while Tadawul seems to have recovered. 

In this message uploaded to pastebin on Tuesday, the team of hackers also listed the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency website as a potential target. However, there have been no reports of any problems at SAMA.

The DDoS attacks serve as an eye-for-eye retaliation against similar attacks launched earlier this week against Israel's Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al, the country's national airline. Those attacks also followed a number of previous incidents, including credit card leaks, government website defacement, compromised government SCADA systems and so on.

Interestingly, "IDF" is the same abbreviation used for the Israeli Defense Force. Recently, Israel's military claimed to have enlisted the help of 300 skilled computer experts to help defend against cyber attacks. While a connection is obvious, it is very unlikely that any military operatives would choose such a conspicuous name.

On Monday, a hacker who goes by the pseudonym "Hannibal" also uploaded his or her own paste (subject to removal) containing over 30,000 Saudi Facebook accounts. The message includes emails and corresponding passwords for all 30,000 accounts. Even more frightening, the hacker claims to have access to an astounding 10 million bank accounts, 4 million credit cards and 30 million Facebook accounts. The hacker made the following threats in the paste:

"State of Israel, not to worry, you're in the hands of the world's best hacker that I am.

I will continue to support the government of Israel will continue to attack the Arab countries

In addition, I received thousands of emails helpless Arabs, who are begging me to stop publishing the Facebook accounts because it violates their browsing experience. I have about 30 million e-mails of Arabs with passwords I'll post them throughout my life and my personal list is growing every day hundreds of thousands of emails 

Also, I received hundreds of emails of senior politicians from France and other countries, who asked me not to publish the list of the 10 million my bank accounts.

So guys, if the state's chief Benny Gantz, or Prime Minister Netanyahu declare cyber war, I will have to publish the list of 10 million bank accounts. In addition I also have about 4 million credit cards. Just give a command and i will do it !! [sic]"

It appears we actually have a real "cyber war" going on between anti-Israel and pro-Israel hackers. We've already seen Israel's government respond to prior attacks, so it will be interesting to see how affected governments approach this unusual series of cyber attacks as they escalate.




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Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

I have a feeling if this continues it will quickly leave the realm of cyber warfare and humans will once again be doing what they seem to do best, killing each other.

ikesmasher said:

So...the best way to piss off another country, is to attack their innocent civilians and give THEM hell. right...

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Jesse Jesse said:

They are already doing that, dude.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

You're right, it's just a new twist to an old game.

marinkvasina marinkvasina said:

A hacker calling himself the best is probably the worst.

Guest said:

Word.

And he claims, he have accounts, But do they work (real one)? And about getting emails...Which hacker would give email to victims? FAIL

Guest said:

So hackers are finally trying to reaveal the rothshield state which israel is and they're trying to defend themselves? Heh ;)

Guest said:

Man this is like gold for me. One hacker vs another!! SWEETNESS!! Cant wait to see how this all turns out between them. Maybe we can just have the two "Cyberbullys" meet on a neutral corner somewhere and they can just fight it out the old fashion way. Wait that wont work. One dose of sunlight and they will burst into flames lol.

treetops treetops said:

I just hope paypal and internet porn dont get shot in the crossfire. Who am I kidding nothing can stop internet porn.

Guest said:

"I just hope paypal and internet porn dont get shot in the crossfire. Who am I kidding nothing can stop internet porn."

LOL!

Guest said:

The tone/bias of this article is laughable. So the Israelis are "striking back" & trying to "even the score"...for what, exactly?? Don't tell me it's for the drop-in-the-bucket cyber-attacks of late. Whoever is going after the Zionists are HEROES, plain & simple. FYI: 64+ years now of squatting on Palestinian land is a good enough reason to cyber-attack the last apartheid state in the world, in my book. So let's wake up. Israel is despised in every corner of the world. "Thank you" TechSpot & Rick Burgess for proving, once again, the venomous bias held in the Western media against anything Arab/Islamic.

Guest said:

Can't they just nuke each other so we don't hear about them anymore please ?

Guest said:

So much hate on all sides that has been going on for a long, long time and seems like it will continue. One day people will realize it is just not worth it. Peace...

Eddo22 said:

Guest said:

The tone/bias of this article is laughable. So the Israelis are "striking back" & trying to "even the score"...for what, exactly?? Don't tell me it's for the drop-in-the-bucket cyber-attacks of late. Whoever is going after the Zionists are HEROES, plain & simple. FYI: 64+ years now of squatting on Palestinian land is a good enough reason to cyber-attack the last apartheid state in the world, in my book. So let's wake up. Israel is despised in every corner of the world. "Thank you" TechSpot & Rick Burgess for proving, once again, the venomous bias held in the Western media against anything Arab/Islamic.

If Israel doesn't own the land they live on then neither do the Arabs. The boarders where determined in a fully legal way by the UN in 1947. Clearly you don't understand Resolution 181.

"And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD." Ezekiel 36:11

Guest said:

"If Israel doesn't own the land they live on then neither do the Arabs. The boarders where determined in a fully legal way by the UN in 1947. Clearly you don't understand Resolution 181.

"And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings: and ye shall know that I am the LORD." Ezekiel 36:11"

Your logic is broken.

So let's see what you're proposing: The National Socialist German Workers' Party [in Europe] came into power & killed millions of Poles, Slavic peoples, Soviets, Romanies [Gypsies] & others who did not belong to the "Aryan race", the mentally ill, the deaf, the physically disabled & mentally retarded, along with Jews [all in Europe], so, logically, the BEST solution for this to never happen again is to march onto another continent & steal the land of the Arabs & call it Israel!?! Let's keep repeating this lie long enough &, hey, maybe it'll come true.

This is simply one of the most preposterous, flawed arguments in human history.

FACT: The Palestinians had been living, as the majority, on their homeland for centuries before WWII, the main catalyst for the creation of the pariah-state of "Israel". If no Muslim Arabs controlled that land, who did the Christians of Europe fight the Crusades against nearly 1000 years ago? The First Crusade was launched in 1095. FACT: By the early 8th century, the Umayyad Caliphate had rapidly captured North Africa, Egypt, Palestine, Syria & Spain from a predominantly Christian Byzantine Empire.

So, let's say for the sake of argument, the Palestinians landed there only @ 1095 & not prior, that puts them as masters of that land for @ least *853 years* since the creation of "Israel" in 1948.

Prior to WWII, the militant Jews who were in British-controlled Palestine engaged in a bloody & methodical campaign of terror, bombings & guerrilla warfare against the Arabs on their land because the Jews were the minority. Three of the major Zionist/Jewish terrorist groups were the Lehi, Haganah & Irgun. After WWII, the Brits/Americans, swayed by the acts committed by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe unilaterally declared the Zionist state into existence.

The UN is controlled, @ the highest levels, by the West/America. The reason is simple: funding. America/Europe give the UN most of it's $ to operate, henceforth, America/the West will pull the strings in whatever direction they see fit. It's a dealer/addict situation.

Finally, quoting Biblical chapters/verse is a sign of the truly desperate. "If logic, the truth and/or common sense can't back up my opinion [cause that's all it is], I'll grasp @ the "God gave them that land" nonsense." I won't quote chapter/verse of the Old, New or Final Testament, because all you're saying with that is that there's no way I can convince you logically, but I'll force what my faith tells me in your face & you best believe it. Sad as it is to say, that's what the narrative people like you are pushing. You want to impose your Judaeo-Christian beliefs on 1.6 billion Muslims & the rest of the world on the subject of Palestine/"Israel".

Peace/Saläm/Shalom.

FYI: "The boarders where determined...". "Boarders" = a person, especially a lodger, who is supplied with regular meals.

Eddo22 said:

Just because you and most of the rest of the Arabs want to believe the hate and lies driven into you by your leaders and the extremists among you doesn't make it right. The law is the law like it or not and killing is wrong regardless of your excuse.

FWI: The Scripture was one of several verses written long ago that foretold Israel returning as a nation. It's sad that you think it was an attempt to impose something on you.

FWI 3: I'm sorry I had a spelling error. Shame on me.

Guest said:

never underestimate the power of the israeli "hackers" , people sometimes forget that many of the world's most notorious hackers, and even some of the world's best cyber security minds are in fact israelies (like it or not) and every security expert started as a hacker (doesn't matter if a blackhat or not).

Anyone who knows something about internet security, or the so called "cyber wars" should know that the last people they would like to tackle would be the israeli hackers.

It's hard for me to understand the hate of some posters here , just as a reminder - the saudi hackers were the first to do the "bad things" , but did anyone of the negative posters even mentioned that ?

stop the hate people, if we want to survive we must stop hating each other.

peace.

Kevin

Guest said:

Funny thing is, we still don't know who is doing this or why. It's speculation. Are we assuming what they want?

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