Israel vows to treat cyber-crime like terrorism

Country’s deputy foreign minister says no hacker will be immune from retaliatory action

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Israel vows to treat cyber-crime like terrorism Israel has vowed to treat cyber-criminals the same way as it treats violent terrorist acts.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  January 8, 2012

Israel has said that it will respond to cyber-attacks the same way it responds to violent terrorist acts after a hacker posted thousands of Israeli citizens’ credit card details online, according to the BBC.

A hacker named OxOmar has claimed responsibility for the hack and information leak. The man claims to be from Saudi Arabia, but reports suggest that OxOmar may be a 19-year-old living in Mexico.

Credit card companies say at least 6,000 valid cards have been exposed.

Such cyber-attacks are "a breach of sovereignty comparable to a terrorist operation, and must be treated as such", Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told the BBC.

"Israel has active capabilities for striking at those who are trying to harm it, and no agency or hacker will be immune from retaliatory action," he added, without giving further details.

Reuters has reported that an aide to Ayalon said Israel was aware of the report OxOmar may be in Mexico, but had not yet requested help from the Mexican authorities.

979 days ago
Khawar Nehal Edited by ITP.net

Gabi Ashkenazi executed the strategy for the stuxnet virus and now they want to call their own action an act of terrorism ? How lame can Israel get. Or is it the world that is too lame to see what is evident. Why does the media allow misinformation to be so prevalent. Can the media please inform of relevant actions when it is reporting new actions. Acting like nothing happened in the past is like getting slapped and the slapper says "I didn't do it." and the slapped just shrugs and says OK. The reason such statements are reported in the media as "news" is because people are ready to accept such large loads of misinformation and reporting. -- Khawar Nehal Applied Technology Research Center (ATRC) Email : khawar.nehal@atrc.net.pk

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