Middle East Cyberwar Heats UpArab, Israeli Hackers Trade Attacks
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The Telegraph, a British newspaper, reported that the incident is the latest in what has been called a "Middle East cybewar" between Arab and Jewish hackers.
As of 8 p.m. EST Jan. 17, the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange website continued to be down, with a message saying, "Please try again later. The site is too busy right now."
In a message posted on Pastebin, the Israeli hacking group called "IDF-Team" says it has retaliated, going after and disrupting the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange website as well as the Saudi government's stock exchange site, both of which were down as of 8 p.m. EST on Jan. 17.
The IDF-Team writes in its message, "If the lame attacks from Saudi Arabia will continue, we will move to the next level which will disable these sites longer."
The attack against the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and EL AL, as well as three unnamed Israeli banks, came a few days after the group called "Israel Defenders" published credit card details of hundreds of Saudis, the Telegraph reports.