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Saudi hackers claim access to credit card details of 400000 Israelis

The hacking group said that they have access to security codes of the cards, victims' names, addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers.

Israelis have become the latest victim of data breach. A group of Saudi hackers posted credit card information of more than 400,000 Israelis online.

The group, dubbed 'Group-XP,' claims to have more than one million social security numbers of Israelis. They have promised to post them in future.

The hacking
Credit card companies Isracard, Leumi Card and Visa CAL faced data breach.

The hacking group acquired confidential information of the customers.

Reportedly, hackers broke into Israel’s top sports website to redirect the visitors to their site for downloading the confidential information.

The hacking group said that they have access to security codes of the cards, victims' names, addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers.

Meanwhile, Bank of Israel is investigating the attack. It has advised customers to check their credit card statements and contact the companies if they found any questionable transactions.

The information post on website One.co.il was later removed. The site's operations are back to normal.

Group-XP wrote, “We decided to give the world a gift for New Year's – the personal information of 400 thousand Israelis.”

Companies reactions
Though hackers claim to have released information of more 400,000 accounts, credit card companies said that only 15,000 accounts have been exposed.

Isracard’s 6,000 accounts and Visa CAL’s 3,000 are compromised, and the situation is now under control.

Credit card companies have identified and blocked the exposed accounts, and are contacting card holders for replacing the cards.

Isracard CEO Dov Kotler told Ynet, “We blocked all of the cards whose numbers were on the list to online use. They can still be used for regular purchases.”

Kotler added that any customers who suffered damage will be compensated.

Meanwhile, Bank of Israel is investigating the attack. It has advised customers to check their credit card statements and contact the companies if they found any questionable transactions.

A warning sign
It is not clear how hackers gained access to confidential data.

The hack has raised concerns about the web security in Israel.

Yitzhak Ben-Yisrael, head of the National Cyber Committee, “The situation in which any group of hackers can penetrate databases can be stopped only if a suitable protective system is built - and that is what the Israeli government has decided to do.”