He’s only 17 years old, but the Israeli hacker known as “0xOmer” has already
made headlines after publishing hundreds of Saudi credit card numbers in
retaliation against Arab hackers, claiming to be Saudis, who published tens of
thousands of Israeli credit card details on the Internet last week.
is just the beginning,” 0xOmer told The Jerusalem Post
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have over 300 Saudi credit card numbers in our possession... and the personal
details of over 10,000 people in Saudi Arabia, including full names, e-mails and
addresses. If they publish one more little detail on Israel, we will attack in
full force and publish all of the credit card details.”
night, the Saudi hacker released what he said were 200 more Israeli credit card
numbers, and called other anti-Israel online activists to step up web
Responding to the development, 0xOmer said he would release
thousands of personal information accounts belonging to Saudis.
want force? No problem,” he wrote. “We have a further 300,000 working Saudi
credit card numbers. We are seriously considering whether we should
The hacker provided a glimpse into how a developing
cyber-war is being fought.
Last week, Israeli credit card companies and
the Bank of Israel scrambled to cancel credit card numbers compromised by the
actions of the anti-Israel hacker. Now, Saudi banks will have to take the same
steps to protect their customers.
“I belong to a group of hackers named
Israel Defenders,” 0xOmer said. The team, he added, is made up of four members
who function like an organized cell with a clear division of labor.
role is to find and exploit security breaches at the highest levels,” he told
Another member of the team, code-named “7ukk1,” is in charge of
defacing websites and handling foreign media relations; according to 0xOmer, he
is an IDF soldier serving in Military Intelligence.
A third member
specializes in breaking into servers. The fourth member helps 0xOmer identify
“It’s very easy to be a hacker. It’s a matter of
studying for two to three months and you can master the field,” he said. “The
only difficulty is in finding Arab websites because they’re in a different
But such websites have already been found in the form of a
Saudi shopping website, where security breaches were identified.
hackers are interested only in sending a warning to anti-Israel hackers at this
stage, and stopped short of providing credit card information that can be used
to make fraudulent purchases, 0xOmer added.
“I didn’t publicize the
three-digit number on the back of the card [necessary for online shopping],” he explained. But if hostile Internet activists continue
attacking Israeli targets, Israel Defenders will publish hundreds of credit card
numbers, along with the three-digit code.
The four youths are taking up
what they say is a deterrence posture in an online world that is increasingly
being used as a battle arena.
The arena is dominated almost exclusively
by the young.
“Many want to know how old I am, and some think I’m an
adult. The right answer is that I’m 17,” 0xOmer said.
On his Twitter
account he posted a link to a media report on the Israeli hacking group, adding,
“Israeli pride!” He also directed expletives at “0xOmar,” the hacker who exposed
the Israeli credit card numbers.