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Saudi hackers release Israelis’ credit card details

JTA

January 3, 2012 | 11:03 am

Saudi hackers released the credit card information of hundreds of thousands of Israelis online.

Members of the Saudi hacking ring Group-XP took credit for the release of the information on Jan. 2. The information, including credit card details, the holders’ names, addresses, phone numbers and national identification numbers, were posted on a popular Israeli sports Web site.

Calling the posting of the information a “gift to the world for the new year,” the hackers said they hoped it “would hurt the Zionist pocket,” according to Ynet.

The information reportedly came from Jewish Web sites from which Israelis made purchases, as well as a Web site for making donations.

The Bank of Israel released a statement saying that the approximately 15,000 credit card holders affected by the hacking will not be responsible for fraudulent charges based on the incident.

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