January 8, 2012- Danny Ayalon, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Israel, warned that computer hackers must know they will be retaliated against following a large cyber attack against credit card accounts in Israel last week. Ayalon said anyone harming cyberspace in Israel would not be immune to retaliation.
Israel sees cyber attacks as being acts of terrorism against the country said an aide of Ayalon’s. Early last week an activist released credit card information on many Israelis. Account information for 15,000 cardholders was released on Tuesday and information pertaining to 11,000 cardholders was released Thursday.
The hacker has called himself OxOmar. He has said he is a member of the well-known group Anonymous and claimed initially that over 400,000 Israeli accounts had been affected. Information exposed included names, addresses, credit card numbers, identity numbers and telephone numbers.
The hacker claimed to be from Saudi Arabia, but a student in Israel claims he knows the hackers identity and he is not Saudi. The student says the hacker lives in Mexico and is originally from the United Arab Emirates.
The student said he traced OxOmar through an email the hacker used when conducting his interviews with the media in Israel. A news site in Israel claimed the hacker, who said his identity was still unknown, contacted them.