Hackers knock out Tel Aviv stock exchange website

16 Jan 2012

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The website of Israel’s Tel Aviv Stock Exchange as well as that of its leading airliner El Al Airlines and three banks were out of action today after hackers launched a major cyber attack against the country.

The hackers posted details of thousands of Israeli credit card holders online.

The marketing sites for First International Bank of Israel, Massad and Otzar Hahayal had also been hacked.

While the hackers’ activities may have grounded the websites, stock trading and flights continued as normal.

The hacker group, who have expressed Palistinian sympathies, are demanding Israel apologise for its military actions in Palestine.

Israel’s deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon said the hackers’ activities do not threaten the hi-tech nation and vowed that Israel will not be silenced on the internet.

The hackers’ activities occur just as major online retailer Zappos in the US was hacked with hackers exposing customer emails and passwords.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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