By Roi Kais – www.ynet.co.il
Al Arabiya network on Sunday reported that Saudi banks raised their security level due to concerns over an Israeli cyber attack against their computer systems.
According to the report, the move came following “the Israeli government’s declaration that it sees the leaking of credit card details of its citizens as a violation of Israeli sovereignty, which is comparable to an act of terror that must be retaliated.”
The Saudi TV network claimed that the data protection departments in several Saudi-based banks raised their alertness ahead of a possible attack on their systems. In addition, the banks boosted security and deterrence measures as well as increased monitoring against suspicious activity.
On Saturday, Ministry of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau discussed the online theft of thousands of Israeli credit cards by a Suadi hacker, saying he “has done us a favor.”
“He shed a light on an existing crack, and it’s time the government define security regulations for online groups. The public must be protected and right now it’s not,” said Landau.
‘Act of terror’
Also on Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Israel will view such cyber attacks as “acts of terror” and will “retaliate forcefully against hackers who undermine Israel’s cybernetic sovereignty.”
Speaking at a cultural forum in Beersheba Saturday morning, Ayalon said Israel must “send a message to all those who have hurt or plan to hurt Israel – in cyberspace as well – that they would be hurting themselves. They will not be immune to Israeli retaliation.
Meanwhile, an 18-year-old man from the Tiberias area was arrested on Saturday on suspicion that he tried to use the credit card numbers published by the Saudi hacker in order to purchase a home theatre system, a smart phone and other electronic devices worth thousands of shekels.
A credit card company employee, who noticed the suspicious transaction, reported the incident to the police, which sent a police officer disguised as a messenger. The man will be arraigned at the Akko Magistrate’s Court on Monday.