Last Updated: Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:02 am (KSA) 07:02 am (GMT)

‘Saudi’ hacker says Israel uncovered wrong person, vows deeper strikes

The “Saudi hacker” who is behind the publishing of tens of thousands of Israeli credit card details is believed to have unleashed malware  that could seriously damage users who downloaded it. (File photo)
The “Saudi hacker” who is behind the publishing of tens of thousands of Israeli credit card details is believed to have unleashed malware that could seriously damage users who downloaded it. (File photo)

Hours after an Israeli student claimed to have uncovered the identity of the hacker who leaked the personal details of tens of thousands of Israelis, the self-defined “Saudi hacker” said that Israel got the wrong person.

“No one is going to arrest me, it’s not possible,” the hacker who goes by the name “0xOmar” told Israel’s Ynet in an email.

“If a stupid student thinks he can find me in eight hours, what will Mossad do?” the hacker said in the email.

Ynet earlier Friday reported that an Israeli computer expert claimed to have uncovered the true identity of “0xOmar” -- a 19-year-old Mexican waiter called Omar Habib, and that he was based in Mexico and not in Saudi Arabia.

“I want to harm Israel financially and socially,” he said.

“0xOmar” vowed to send more files and more emails, adding that he was from Riyadh, not Mexico. He vowed that his next targets include military contractors and Israeli SCADA systems (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), according to Ynet report.

“It’s impossible to track me via email or Facebook or anything like that. I’m an advanced hacker who knows everything about (the) internet, I know very well (how) to hide myself,” “0xOmar” said in the email.

Israel’s public radio said earlier Friday that the “Saudi hacker” hit again with a new Internet file containing a Trojan horse virus.

According to the report, the hacker posted what appeared to be credit card details, but was in fact malware that could seriously damage users who downloaded it.

On Thursday, the Saudi hacker from group-XP published details of more than 6,000 Israeli credit cards online in the second such incident in three days, army radio reported.

Details of the latest incident were revealed on Thursday in a Internet posting by “0xOmar” from group-XP who said he had posted details of 11,000 cards online.

But Israel’s three major credit card companies said the number of cards affected was only 6,050, the radio reported.

Earlier this week, “0xOmar” posted a message on an Israeli sports website saying group-XP, which he described as the “greatest Saudi Arabian hacker team” had posted details of 400,000 Israeli cards online, according to AFP.

After examining the details, Israel’s major credit card companies said only 14,000 valid cards had been exposed.

“I have added another 11,000 credit cards which contains IsraCards and DinnerDash cards,” “0xOmar” wrote in his posting.

“This database contains 60,000 credit cards which also has MasterCard and Visa cards, but I'll send them later among with a lot of others,” he said, claiming to have also hacked data from Israeli military contractor firms.

Yoram HaCohen, a senior justice ministry official, told army radio he was “not so worried about the credit cards themselves” which could be cancelled, but about “the personal information which has been exposed, such as email addresses, passwords and ID card numbers.”

He admitted it would be “difficult to track down the hackers behind these attacks because they take good precautions,” and said Israel may turn to Interpol.

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