Israeli hackers threaten UAE, Saudi govt sites
‘Israeli Defence Force’ hackers pledged to take-down Saudi, Abu Dhabi stock exchanges
An Israeli-based hacker group, calling itself the Israeli Defence Force, threatened to take down websites belonging to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency and the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange in a statement issued by the group on Pastebin yesterday.
The group said it would take down these sites in retaliation for hacking attacks against several Israeli websites.
"Because lame hackers from Saudi Arabia decided to launch an attack against Israeli sites such as the airport site EL-AL and sites of Israeli banks, today, 01/17/12. Official stock exchange site of Saudi Arabia at the following address http://www.adx.ae not be available online and is only the beginning, in addition there may be disruption to the government's stock exchange site at the following: http://www.sama.gov.sa/," read the Pastebin post.
On the 17th of January, the same group also listed several UAE and Saudi Arabian websites, such as www.arabbank.ae, www.adx.ae, www.eida.gov.ae, www.dubai.ae and www.saudiairlines.com for take-down following the Israeli website attacks.
The group warned that it will escalate these attacks.
"If the lame attacks from Saudi Arabia will continue, we will move to the next level which will disable these sites longer term may come to weeks or even months. You have been warned," read the Pastebin post.
So far, none of the sites listed by the group appear to have been affected by any form of hacking attack at this time and the Saudi Stock Exchange, Tadawul, released a statement on its website saying that it had not been affected by any attack.
"The Saudi Stock Exchange [Tadawul] confirms that all systems and operations have and continue to perform normally. Media reports about any hacking of Tadawul website and/or any associated degradation of website performance are incorrect. The exchange website remains accessible and fully operational to users. Tadawul deploys advanced systems and processes to protect the integrity and continuity of its infrastructure," read the statement.
The Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange has also denied that it was a target of the IDF-Team attack in an emailed statement to Arabian Business, saying that the slow-downs experienced by users on its website earlier in the day were due to technical glitches: "Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange denies the rumours that its website was hacked, as claimed by some media outlets."