20 Dec 2013

Hackers Try to Extort Israeli Banks for Bitcoins

Hackers stole financial data of 3.7 million customers and told three Israeli banks they would release it on the underground market if they didn’t receive a payment in bitcoins, according to Israel Hayom.

The hackers allegedly gained access to credit card numbers and passwords by setting-up a botnet network in Israel and infecting customers’ computers. The banks immediately alerted police and the Bank of Israel and no bank servers were reportedly hacked.

The banks, which include Yahav, Discount Bank and First International Bank of Israel, declined to comment on the incident.