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    Wow.... Is high tech warfare the wave of the future?


    Israel rattled as hackers hit bourse, banks, El Al
    10:53am EST
    * Deputy foreign minister sees bid to "silence" Israel

    * Attacks deepen jitters after credit card data theft (Recasts with Israeli ministers, banks, Hamas praise)

    By Maayan Lubell

    JERUSALEM, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hackers disrupted online access to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al Airlines and three banks on Monday in what the government described as a cyber-offensive against Israel.

    The attacks came just days after an unidentified hacker, proclaiming Palestinian sympathies, posted the details of thousands of Israeli credit card holders and other personal information on the Internet in a mass theft.

    Stock trading and El Al flights operated normally despite the disruption, which occurred as Israeli media reported that pro-Palestinian hackers had threatened at the weekend to shut down the TASE stock exchange and airline Web sites.

    While apparently confined to areas causing only limited inconvenience, the attacks have caused particular alarm in a country that depends on high-tech systems for much of its defence against hostile neighbours. Officials insist, however, that they pose no immediate security threat.

    "They have demanded an apology for Israel's defensive measures," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said on his Facebook page, alluding to the conflict with Palestinians.

    "I am using this platform to send a clear message that ... they will not silence us on the Internet, or in any forum."

    The First International Bank of Israel (FIBI) and two subsidiary banks, Massad and Otzar Hahayal, said their marketing sites had been hacked but that sites providing online services to clients were unaffected.

    Israel's third-largest bank, Discount, said it had been spared attack, but that it was temporarily shutting down foreign access to its website as a precaution.

    The Tel Aviv bourse website could only be accessed intermittently, but screen-based trading was not hit.

    "There has been an attack by hackers on the access routes to the website," said Orna Goren, deputy manager of the exchange's marketing and communications unit. "The stock exchange's trading activities are operating normally."

    El Al said it had taken precautions to protect the company site and warned of possible disruptions to its online activity.


    There was no claim of responsibility for Monday's incidents.

    However, the Islamist group Hamas, which governs the small Palestinian territory of Gaza, welcomed the attacks as a blow against the Jewish state, which it refuses to recognise.

    "This is a new field of resistance against the Occupation and we urge Arab youth to develop their methods in electronic warfare in the face of (Israel's) crimes," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in Gaza.

    Israeli Information Minister Yuli Edelstein told a conference in Tel Aviv that the cyber attacks were part of a wider move to smear the country's reputation and "threaten Israel's economic stability and security".

    "It's another episode in the war our enemies are conducting as a campaign of delegitimisation to hit our pockets and lifestyle," he said, in reported comments confirmed by his spokesman.

    "Israel must use all measures at its disposal to prevent these virtual dangers from turning into real threats and to prevent with all its force attacks against it and its institutions. Today it's credit card theft and toppling Web sites, and tomorrow it could be theft of security information and harm to infrastructure."

    Israel opened an agency to tackle cyber attacks earlier this month. A founding member of the unit, Isaac Ben-Israel, said the country's most vital systems were already protected, but that incidents like the ones seen recently would only increase.

    "As long as the systems are not guarded, any hacker anywhere in the world can break into them and do damage," Ben-Israel said on Israel Radio. "I believe that, done right, in a year or two, we will be able to wipe out all these hackers' threats." (Additional reporting by Allyn Fisher-Ilan and Steven Scheer in Jerusalem, Tova Cohen in Tel Aviv and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Alastair Macdonald)

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    I dub the culprit Stuxnetanyahu.
    The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, .. Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, ..Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

    Omar Khayyam

    Zionism is criminal by default.

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    Federal Reserve hacked...

    Federal Reserve's Internal Site Hacked
    February 07, 2013 WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve said on Tuesday that one of its internal websites had been briefly breached by hackers, though no critical functions of the U.S. central bank were affected by the intrusion.
    The admission, which raises questions about cyber security at the Fed, follows a claim that hackers linked to the activist group Anonymous had struck the Fed on Sunday, accessing personal information of more than 4,000 U.S. bank executives, which it published on the Web. "The Federal Reserve system is aware that information was obtained by exploiting a temporary vulnerability in a website vendor product,'' a Fed spokeswoman said. "Exposure was fixed shortly after discovery and is no longer an issue. This incident did not affect critical operations of the Federal Reserve system," the spokeswoman said, adding that all individuals effected by the breach had been contacted.

    Technology news site ZDNet separately reported that Anonymous appeared to have published information allegedly containing the login information, credentials, internet protocol addresses and contact information of over 4,000 U.S. bankers on Sunday night. The claim was made via Twitter over an account registered to OpLastResort, which is linked to Anonymous, a loosely organized group of hacker activists who have claimed responsibility for scores of attacks on government and corporate sites over the past several years.

    OpLastResort is a campaign that some hackers linked to Anonymous have started to protest government prosecution of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide on Jan. 11. The Fed declined to identify which website had been hacked. But information that it provided to bankers indicated that the site, which was not public, was a contact database for banks to use during a natural disaster. The website's purpose is to allow bank executives to update the Fed if their operations have been flooded or otherwise damaged in a storm or other disaster. That helps the Fed to assess the overall impact of the event on the banking system.

    Hackers identifying themselves as Anonymous infiltrated the U.S. Sentencing Commission website late last month to protest the government's treatment of the Swartz case. Swartz was charged with using the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computer networks to steal more than 4 million articles from JSTOR, an online archive and journal distribution service. He faced a maximum sentence of 31 years if convicted.


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    Cyber war!!!!! Time to grant Barack Obama plenary power over the Internet.
    Aggression is always evil.

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    Time to remove his power over his biro.
    The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, .. Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, ..Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

    Omar Khayyam

    Zionism is criminal by default.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon View Post
    Time to remove his power over his biro.
    I cannot understand why muslims hate Obame Hussain ? I really can't.
    He is on their side.
    Palestine = Jordan

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    Maybe the hackers will attack the Zionists nuclear reactors and send their centrifuges spinning into orbit,and close down their illegal nuclear weapons manufacturing next

    International sanctioning for the Israeli terrorist entity should be next

    Blockade them in within their cement walls and cut off their blood and air supply
    Last edited by Abu Sina; Feb 08 2013 at 02:06 AM.

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    Who thinks this hacking is coming from a teen or early-20s kid in their basement? Too bad the person has "Palestinian sympathies," I'm sure the Israelis would want to use those skills for their own hacking attempts towards Iran.

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    Israel getting a taste of its own hacking medicine? What a shame

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon View Post
    I dub the culprit Stuxnetanyahu.
    You can rely on the Zio's to invest time and money creative...a virus. How fitting.

    I'd read about Stuxnet, some while back. It was so ace, that I believe it infected many targets that it was not meant to. Would have to double check the detail. Cyber false flags are the where it will be at now, for the Zio's and ghouls. Various advantages, the main one being the chance to actually create more havoc, than a conventional false flag. The other being that there is less risk. The third advantage is that on the back of it, you can then hurry out new legislation, which they have already written anway.

    To that end, I am DEEPLY suspicous of that group that call themselves Anon. There is much about them that does not ring true, to me.

    For one thing, what was their inspiration? A really medicore film. Right, okay, I can see how that may have inspired people to start wearing those silly masks, but that is a far cry from what seems to be a highly professional and co-ordinated effort.

    They claim they are not organised, and there is no command structure. A flat out lie, imo. If there was NO organisation and NO command structure, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to launch a concentrated and agreed upon attack, everyone would just be doing their own thing.

    They like to appear to be champions of the underdog, look at who they target, it *seems* to be all those most would cheer them on for doing so. And yet there is no organisational element, they say? No command structure, they claim? No funding, financing, NOTHING. I do not believe it. Even their presentations are all too slick and studio like. Again, if just anyone were doing it, disorganised, some would look v rough and ready efforts.

    And sure, you may get a few hackers busted for filesharing, but given who they are meant to have targetted, it seems mysterious to be that the CIA, the FBI, the Missad, and whoever else, have not made massive numbers of arrests.

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