BoI: Hacking victims won't bear responsibility

Hackers post thousands of Israeli credit card numbers online; Bank of Israel recommends customers monitor accounts.

January 3, 2012 12:53
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The Bank of Israel reassured customers Tuesday that they would not bear responsibility for fraudulent use of their cards, following the online exposure of credit card details Monday night.

The details of some 15,000 Israeli credit cards were posted on the One sports website by an international group of hackers. The group targeted three credit card companies: Isracard, Leumi Card and Cal. The Bank of Israel clarified that victims of the incident would be protected under the Debit Card Law.

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The bank confirmed that the credit card companies have identified the cards of the customers whose details were exposed on the Internet, and that the cards have been blocked for use in Internet and telephone purchases.

The Banking Supervision Department recommended that customers examine charges on their credit card statements and report any problem to the relevant company as soon as possible.

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Approximately 6,600 of the cards belonged to Isracard company customers. The credit card company advised that customers whose information was exposed would be notified and have their Internet capabilities frozen.

Leumi Card reported that 4,000 of its customers' credit card details were posted. The company has restricted the affected cards' Internet capabilities and was set to contact cardholders on Tuesday.

Both companies said that victims of identity theft would be compensated.

Saudi hackers claimed Monday to have published the credit card details of 400,000 Israelis.

The hackers published the list of cards, names and other personal details in a
30 megabyte file containing the details on the One sports website, which was hacked.

Israeli credit card companies have urged their customers to remain calm, and said they are taking all the required steps to secure credit accounts.

Isracard added a tool on its website to allow customers to check if their credit card information was compromised in the stolen information (

Visa CAL announced that it would suspend all accounts that were listed in the post, contact the affected customers Tuesday and issue new credit cards.

According to Army Radio, the hackers encouraged readers to use the information posted online to make purchases, and said they  would continue to publish more account information already in their possession.

The hackers also published details of tens of thousands of Jews living around the world, Maariv reported.

Some reports have suggested that the figures were stolen from coupon websites. Many of the credit card figures repeat themselves.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report

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