Israeli hacking mystery
A man walks past an office of Israeli airline El Al in Tel Aviv. The airline's website was brought down by an apparent hacking attack.
January 17th, 2012
10:11 AM ET

Israeli hacking mystery

By Michal Zippori reporting from Jerualem

The websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and of El Al, the Israeli airline, were brought down Monday morning by an apparent hacking attack.

An internet hacker who calls himself Ox Omar sent an e-mail to the Jerusalem Post Monday in which he claims that together with a hacking group calling themselves "Nightmare" that the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and that of El Al would be brought down.

Idit Yaaron, the spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, told CNN that the main site of the stock exchange where the trading takes place was not harmed and operates on a very high level of Internet security. Trading has continued unaffected, she said. A secondary internet web site was affected for a short period of time.

El Al spokesman, Ran Rahav, released a statement saying, "El Al is aware that for the past two weeks a cyber war is raging against Israel. The company is closely monitoring the Saudi hacker activity. El Al is taking precautions regarding its website and as a result there may be disruptions in the activity of the website."

The "cyber war" started at the beginning of the month when a group claiming to be Saudi Arabian hackers posted the credit card information and other identifying data of thousands of Israelis on line, prompting an international investigation.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Jake123

    The article was so interesting and the content was unique

    February 3, 2012 at 2:33 am | Reply
  2. Allen

    The website hacking is not good and it is to be stopped .

    January 18, 2012 at 3:51 am | Reply


    January 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  4. mipolitic

    someone in israel and saudi arabia better bring this to an end an look at the mad men of iran. playing games on computers and keeping score is for fools .

    January 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  5. michaelfury

    January 17, 2012 at 11:53 am | Reply
  6. Whombatt

    Probably not a good idea to hack Israeli websites. More often than not, whatever nefarious actions you launch against the Israelis, you come to grief because the Israelis are better at being selectively evil than you are.

    January 17, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply

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