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Saudi Hackers Disclose The Credit Card Info Of Thousands Of Israelis

A Saudi hacker says he is responsible for posting the credit card information of thousands of Israelis on the Internet. As the AP reports, the hackers claimed to have posted the information of 400,000 people, but Israel's central bank says it was more like 15,000.

The AP adds:

"Visa CAL company spokeswoman Sagit Ofir says she cannot confirm Saudi hackers were responsible.

"The Ynet news website says the hackers called the cyber attack a 'gift to the world for the New Year' that they hoped 'would hurt the Zionist pocket.'"

Haaretz reports that hackers were able to steal the information from a sports site and posted the information on pastebay, a website that promises "free uncensored text hosting." Haaretz adds that in addition to the credit card numbers the site listed "details of thousands of people," including people who purchased religious products and those who donated to rabbis.

Reuters spoke to Isracard, which said about 6,600 of the numbers released were for their cards and were valid. They told Reuters that any clients affected will be reimbursed.

The Jerusalem Post adds that the hackers said they would continue to release more information.



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