Hackers Assault Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al Websites, Causing Slowdown [View all]
By Jonathan Ferziger and Alisa Odenheimer - Mon Jan 16 12:48:12 GMT 2012
Hackers attacked the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. (ELAL), slowing down access after a pro-Palestinian computer group calling itself “Nightmare” warned of an imminent assault.
Both the stock exchange and El Al, Israel’s biggest carrier, said today their websites had been affected by the attack, though not immobilized. Stock trading was unaffected.
“What was hacked was our main website, which provides information,” Idit Yaaron, a Tel Aviv Stock Exchange spokeswoman, said by telephone. “The trading computer was not hacked and trading is going on as usual.”
Nightmare signaled its plan to attack the two corporate websites in an e-mail last night to the Ynet news service, which 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.