Saudi and UAE accounts targetted.
The ongoing battle between pro-Palestinians and pro-Israelis continues on the internet, not in the form of heated arguments on forums, but hacking online banking accounts and Facebook credentials.
The battle started off in early January of this year as Saudi hackers “Group-XP” leaked details of some 400,ooo Israeli bank accounts; of which only 14k were officially confirmed by the Israeli authorities as being real. A retaliation by pro-Israeli group, “Hannibal” then warned on 13th Jan that they have access to over “30 million email of Arabs” which they will leak online.
The back and forth between the two sides continued until this weekend when Hannibal published 100,000 Facebook login details from users in Saudi Arabia and UAE on Pastebin and other file-sharing sites. As noted by Zdnet, however, the actual number of accounts leaked is close to 20,000; with most lines of the 100k accounts being blank, repeats, or simply the username and passwords in separate lines.
However, the self-proclaimed ”general of Israel’s hackers” did have another announcement to make. Quoted from the pastebin announcement, Hannibal wrote, “Because I noticed that lately the Arab hackers are gone, I declare cyber war termination. Israeli hackers, stop! Cyber war stops until further notice I will post again if they attack the State of Israel. If they appear again, I again come to save Israel. Trust me. I’ll always be around.”
Regardless of where this online cyber warfare takes both pro-Arab and Jewish groups, we recommend all our readers to change their Facebook passwords, just in case. Hopefully this will be the end of this argument, but as history has shown us, one side will break this cease-fire, and the whole thing will breakdown again, only to hurt innocent people.