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More than a month after the Arab hacker “0xOmar” published tens of thousands of
Israeli credit card numbers on the Internet, and said others should use the
information for illegal shopping sprees, police in Jerusalem said Wednesday that
an unlikely individual answered his call.
A 15-year-old Jew was arrested
in the capital on Tuesday on suspicion of using credit cards leaked by the Saudi
hacker to purchase electronics on the Internet.
“He got hold of a number
of Israeli credit cards and used them to buy computer equipment. He also booked
a holiday in Israel, and one overseas, after he received an e-mail from 0xOmar,”
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.
The purchases were made soon after
the credit card numbers were published, before credit companies were able to
cancel all of the affected cards.
The suspect’s attorney said his client
was a teenager who was not fully aware of the significance of his actions, but
police suspect he is a Internet-savvy individual who knew what he was
The teenager allegedly contacted the hacker over the Internet and
asked for some of the credit card numbers.
The hacker then sent four
credit card numbers, and the teenager used two of them to buy tens of thousands
of shekels worth of electronics online, according to police. The
electronics were delivered to a post office in the Givat Shaul
Police opened an investigation after the credit card
companies filed complaints of suspicious usage.
Police arrested the
teenager on Tuesday in his house. Some of the electronics he ordered
using the stolen credit card were in the house, and some he had already
Police also arrested the boy’s mother, who they believe was
involved in some of the purchases.
The teenager was detained until 8 p.m.
on Wednesday, after which he was released to house arrest until
Sunday. He is also forbidden from contacting any of the people he sold
the electronics to online.
His mother was also released to house arrest.