Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Anonymous hackers recently released hundreds of Israeli e-mail addresses and passwords from an unidentified Web site.
In a statement, Roni Bachar, manager of the cyber attack department at Avnet, said, "There was apparently penetration of an Israeli site which cannot be determined at this stage, a site that requires identification by email address and a password, as is usual at forum, content and commercial sites. It isn't clear yet which site or forum it is, but going over the list shows that most of the people appearing on it are connected to the fields of cosmetics, hairdressing and alternative therapies."
"There are what look like numerous identity card numbers and phone numbers on the list that were apparently being used as passwords," writes Haaretz's Oded Yaron. "Calling some of the numbers revealed that some were the account holders' old phone numbers (such as numbers belonging to the users' parents ). A check by Haaretz revealed that there had already been attempts to exploit the information in order to infiltrate the listed accounts."
"The incident seems to be a continuation of the cyber battle between Arab and Israeli hackers," writes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "At the beginning of 2012, the details of 5,000 credit cards belonging to Saudi and non-Saudi card holders were leaked online by a hacker from Israel."