Israeli hackers took down stock exchange of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates

An Israeli hacker group who calls themselves “IDF-TEAM” took down today the Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates stock exchange websites. This is a retaliation to the pro-palestinian group “nightmare” and 0xOmar who took down the Israeli stock exchange website.
It seems that this cyber war is only beginning.
I think in this war there are only winners, the security industry is blossoming, the websites are getting more secured which means our details are getting more secured, at least in the short term.

The cyberwar on Israel escalates

The Saudi hacker 0xOmar told Ynet today that a pro-palestinian hacker group named “nightmare” is planning on attacking the Israel stock exchange website and El-Al, an Israeli airline company.
On the other side a pro-Israel hacker that lives “somewhere in the world” published tonight the details of 20,000 arab facebook account details. He also claims to have 10 million bank account details of Iranians and Saudians that can cause them millions of dollars damage.
The terrorist group Hamas is also calling hackers all over the world to engage in cyberwar or as they call it “cyber jihad” against Israel.

Israeli Hacker Leaks Hundreds of Saudi Credit Cards

Israeli website Ynet published today that a hacker that belongs to the group that hacked yesterday decided not to wait and published the list of credit card numbers.
This was a retaliation on the attack of the “Saudi” hacker 0xOmar on Israeli website and the publishing of thousands of credit card numbers.
The hackers said he’s a soldier in the intelligence corpse.
The hacker was asked what message does he want to convey to 0xOmar, he replied by “you’re not the only one”.
In Saudi-Arabia the responses were relaxed as they claimed that they received no complaints and their systems are secured. In my opinion they’re delusional and they should have learned something from the quick response of Israeli credit card companies who canceled all the published credit cards even without their owners action.

Israeli Hackers Payback

Israeli news website Ynet reported today about a group of Israeli hackers that hacked Saudi Arabia website and managed to get their hands on a list of thousands of personal details including credit card numbers.
Spokesman of the group said they’re waiting for the right time to publish their results.
From Ynet’s examination some of the details are correct as they called one of the people on the list and confirmed his details, no need to say he was in shock.
The spokesman of the hacker group said that the group agreed on certain retaliation acts on every cyber and non cyber attack on Israel.
The group members personal details are unknown to each other, in case one of them gets caught so he won’t be able to turn in the others. They say that their actions aren’t coordinated with the Israeli government and if they get caught they will face a serious punishment.
Regarding the Saudian hacker who started this “cyber war”, the Israeli hacker says he’s not really talented and anyone with little knowledge and ready made tools could have pulled that out. He also said they’re working on uncovering the Saudian hacker’s real details but it’s not really a priority.

Symantec source-code theft – a good thing?

Symantec source-code was leaked by an Indian Hacker groups calling themselves “The Lords of Dharmaraja”.
Here’s a link to the full story.
I think it’s a darn good thing that happened.
Maybe another group of hackers already gotten their hands on that code long ago? Maybe even their updated source code, and they didn’t publish it. There could be lots of security holes known only to them. The world is theirs for the hacking.
This brings out the old arguments for and against open source. If you publish the source code, it’s easier for others to find security holes (and also to copy and violate intellectual property), on the other hand if you don’t publish the code, you don’t know about them, but then again someone else might find them out before you ever do, and the damage to your customers could be great.
I think that especially in security products, open-source strategy is really important.
I think Symantec should use this opportunity to release the source code of all of its products and make this hacker group threats obsolete. I don’t think it’ll happen though, it takes a lot of courage to pull out a did like that.