A self-defined “Saudi hacker” who twice this week posted details of thousands of Israeli credit cards hit again on Friday with a new Internet file containing a Trojan horse virus, public radio said.
According to the report, the hacker who goes by the name “0xOmar” posted what appeared to be credit card details, but was in fact malware that could seriously damage users who downloaded it.
On Thursday, the Saudi hacker from group-xp published details of more than 6,000 Israeli credit cards online in the second such incident in three days, army radio reported.
Details of the latest incident were revealed on Thursday in a Internet posting by 0xOmar from group-xp who said he had posted details of 11,000 cards online.
But Israel‘s three major credit card companies said the number of cards affected was only 6,050, the radio reported.
Earlier this week, 0xOmar posted a message on an Israeli sports website saying group-xp, which he described as the “greatest Saudi Arabian hacker team” had posted details of 400,000 Israeli cards online.
After examining the details, Israel’s major credit card companies said only 14,000 valid cards had been exposed.
“I have added another 11,000 credit cards which contains IsraCards and DinnerDash cards,” 0xOmar wrote in his posting.
“This database contains 60,000 credit cards which also has MasterCard and Visa cards, but I’ll send them later among with a lot of others,” he said, claiming to have also hacked data from Israeli military contractor firms.
Yoram HaCohen, a senior justice ministry official, told army radio he was “not so worried about the credit cards themselves” which could be cancelled, but about “the personal information which has been exposed, such as email addresses, passwords and ID card numbers.”
He admitted it would be “difficult to track down the hackers behind these attacks because they take good precautions,” and said Israel may turn to Interpol.
Meanwhile, Israeli news website Ynet reported that an Israeli computer expert claimed to have uncovered the true identity of 0xOmar — a 19-year-old Mexican waiter called Omar Habib.
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