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Israel looks to get even with credit card hacker

January 10, 2012

Following a devastating cyber attack that exposed thousands of people's credit card information, the Israeli government has announced that it would be taking action to retaliate.

Following a devastating cyber attack that exposed thousands of people’s credit card information, the Israeli government has announced that it would be taking action to retaliate.

Reuters reports that in a recent speech, the country’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, said that the online attack, which leaked information about approximately 400,000 Israelis, was being treated as a terrorist action.

He said that the government would do its best to bring the Saudi hacker, who goes by the name OxOmar, to justice and the threat would be stamped out. OxOmar claims to be part of a Saudi group called Group-XP, which is an offshoot of the Anonymous hacking group.  

“Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action,” he said of the merchant services-related crime, according to the news outlet.

Some anti-Israel groups have applauded the cyber attack. In a statement, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the internet was a valuable outlet to “confront Isreali crimes,” and encouraged other Arab young people to look into similar actions to punish the Jewish states.

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