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Personal ID numbers should be better protected and kept offline as much as
possible, to protect them from anti-Israel hackers, a government body said on
The Justice Ministry’s Israeli Law, Information and Technology
Authority (ILITA) issued new instructions, according to which private Internet
sites should not ask for ID numbers without good reason.
were released as a response to a string of hacking attacks this year on Israeli
corporate and government- owned websites from Arab hackers led by “OxOmar,” who
is believed to be a Saudi.
ILITA became concerned that the more online
databases store the ID numbers of Israelis, the more opportunities hostile
online elements will have to steal the information and use to commit an array of
attacks, such as identify fraud and credit card theft.
Last month, a
15-year-old Jew was arrested in the capital on suspicion of using credit cards
leaked by the Saudi hacker to buy electronics on the Net. Police suspect the boy
made contact with OxOmar and asked for the stolen credit card numbers, before
going on a shopping spree with them.
Israeli hackers have struck
sensitive financial websites in Gulf states, Iran and the Gaza Strip, in
retaliation for the recent attacks.
The new guidelines are part of an
effort by the government to increase cooperation with the private sector on
Internet security, and to introduce a standard of safety for Israel’s Internet