Israeli Web sites have once again been targeted by a hacker known as OxOmar, including the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) and El Al Airline.
As of 1pm Eastern, the Web site for the TASE remained offline, but the airline's site was operational. According to the New York Times, the hackers did not access personal information from the sites, but instead used a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack to take the Web sites offline. The airline took down its site as a precautionary measure amidst "unusual activity," the Times said.
In a note on his Facebook page, Danny Ayalon, Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister, confirmed the attacks and said the hackers "have demanded an apology for Israel's defensive measures." That, however, is not likely to happen.
"I am using this platform to send a clear message that we will never apologize for defending our country and our citizens," Ayalon continued. "They will not silence us on the Internet or in any forum. Deputy Foreign Minister of the State of Israel."
On Friday, Ayalon said he "wear[s] it as a badge of honor that I have been personally targeted by the cyber-terrorists, it demonstrates that I must be doing something online that they wish to silence."
Today's hacks come about two weeks after a group of Saudi hackers dubbed Group-XP posted the personal information of nearly half a million Israelis online. The hackers said they broke into one of Israel's top sports Web sites, One.co.il, and redirected visitors to a site where they could download a file containing the personal information of 400,000 Israelis. According to one member of the group, the information included credit card details, including expiration dates and security codes listed on the back of the cards, as well as victims' names, addresses, mobile and home phone numbers, and Social Security numbers.
One of the Group-XP hackers identified himself as OxOmar. In an interview with YNetNews.com, OxOmar said he teamed up with a group of Pro-Palestinian hackers known as "Nightmare" for today's DDoS attacks. He also said the group targeted the Web site for Bank Massad, which appears to be offline.
"I want to hurt/harm Israel in any way possible," OxOmar, a 19-year-old based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, told YNetNews.com, before boasting that "it's impossible to find me."
Ayalon, however, has other plans. "Just as we defeated our opponents on the battlefield, overcame economic boycotts, were not bowed by terrorists and overcame the assault on Israel's legitimacy, we will also defeat cyber-terrorism," he said.