Two arrested for holding chat rooms 'hostage'

Suspects allegedy hacked through security measures on popular Web site's server and kicked off chat moderators.

December 20, 2007 21:54
computers 88

computers 88. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Two young suspects were arrested in Tel Aviv Thursday for allegedly hacking into a popular Web site and holding its popular chat rooms "hostage" in exchange for site manager privileges. The district's fraud unit opened a criminal investigation after receiving a complaint from the popular Hebrew-language Web site Tapuz, which manages a number of chat rooms. Tapuz complained that on several weekends, the site was brought down by hackers who had assumed chat manager privileges. Police think the two suspects - Sharon Azariya, 18, from Ashdod, and a 20-year-old Hadera resident - hacked through the security measures on the site's server. They then allegedly would acquire chat manager status and kick the legitimate chat moderators off the site. The suspects are also believed to have used a program that changes IP addresses and the user names within the chat rooms. At one point, chat managers and one of the suspects established communication, and the suspect allegedly requested manager privileges in exchange for stopping the cyber attacks. Under questioning, police said, Azariya connected himself to the crimes ascribed to him. Brought to the Tel Aviv Magistrate's Court on Thursday morning, he was released on restricted terms.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town