Israel treating hackers like terrorists
The message from Deputy Foreign Minister Dany Ayalon came after a self-defined "Saudi hacker" from a cabal known as "group-xp" published details of more than 6,000 Israeli credit cards online that "The US has announced that any attack on its cybernetic space would be considered a declaration of war and that it would go as far as firing missiles to respond to such an attack. This is a good criterion for us all".
Israel said that it will respond to cyber-attacks in the same way it responds to violent terrorist acts, by striking back with force against hackers who threaten the Jewish state.
Almost immediately after an Israeli computer expert declared the hacker's true identity to be 19-year-old Mexican waiter Omar Habib, the Israeli website Ynet claimed the real hacker contacted them via email to mock the false identification.
“If a stupid student thinks he can find me (within) 8 hours of work, what will Mossad do? But I'm still here and no one can find me, make sure, no worries,” said by Saudi hacker 0xOmar.
"It is necessary to send a message to everyone who attacks or tries to attack Israel, including in cyberspace, that they are putting themselves in danger and that they will not benefit from any immunity against reprisal actions from Israel" Ayalon said.
After examining the details, Israel's major credit card companies said only 14,000 valid cards had been exposed.