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04 Jan 2012

Hackers expose Israelis' credit card information

Credit card information of thousands of Israeli people was released on the internet by hackers claiming to be Saudi Arabian this week. According to The Associated Press, it was a politically  motivated attack. This shows that people, no matter where they are, should have good internet security protocol in place. Hackers called on web browsers to make illegal purchases with the cards, according to Israel News.

"It will be so fun to see 400,000 Israelis stand in line outside banks and offices of credit card companies to complain that their cards had been stolen," the hackers wrote. "To see banks shred 400,000 cards and reissue them. To see that Israeli cards are not accepted around the world, like the Nigerian cards."

Israel's central back said only 15,000 active cards were affected by the hacking, and it isn't clear they were Saudi, according to what cyber expert Gadi Evron told the AP. Evron said the attack was nothing special and will not be devastating.

There have been no confirmed attacks on Israel government websites yet, but the government should start ramping up internet security in an age with many cyber security worries.