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Palestinian hacker group attacks Israeli sites

Hamas calls for escalation in internet hacking against the country

Palestinian hacker group attacks Israeli sites
A palestinian hacker group called Nightmare has hacked into the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al.

A pro-Palestinian computer group calling itself Nightmare has hacked into the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al Israel Airlines, slowing down access, according to Bloomberg.

The group had warned of an imminent assault and both the stock exchange and El Al, Israel's biggest carrier, said today their websites had been affected by the attack, though not immobilised. Stock trading was unaffected.

"What was hacked was our main website, which provides information," Idit Yaaron, a Tel Aviv Stock Exchange spokeswoman, told Bloomberg by telephone. "The trading computer was not hacked and trading is going on as usual."

The hacker group emailed the Ynet news service before attacking the sites. Ynet reported on its own site that the message was sent by a person identifying himself as a Saudi Arabian hacker. The same person has been exposing the numbers of thousands of Israeli credit cards in recent weeks.

El Al has said that it is taking precautions to protect its website and warned of further service disruptions.

The Palestinian Hamas movement called yesterday for an escalation of internet hacking against Israel, declaring an electronic war against the country.

A group calling itself the Gaza Hacker team attacked websites last week belonging to the Israel Fire and Rescue Services, and Deputy Israeli Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

Hackers also attacked the First International Bank's marketing site, though no damage was caused to its online banking site, Dafna Zucker, a spokeswoman told Bloomberg by telephone.

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