'Saudi hacker' denies that blogger unmasked him

Hacker responds to reports that Amir Fedida uncovered his identity, dismissing them as "another Israeli failure"; blogger claims hacker made mistakes enabling him to trace him; file spread containing Trojan horse.

January 6, 2012 23:19
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The 'Saudi hacker' responded Friday to reports that Israeli blogger Amir Fedida had uncovered his identity, denying them as "another Israeli failure," according to Channel 10 news. The hacker, going by the username  "0xOmar" from "group-xp", released this week the information of thousands of Israeli credit cards, causing a media storm.

"0xOmar" reportedly stated that Omar Habib, who Amir Fedida incriminated, was an innocent man. He also bragged that it was impossible to find him, and that he knows well how to disguise himself.

Hackers post 1000s of Israeli credit card numbers

He also allegedly responded to reports of another file disseminated Friday, which contains Trojan horse malware, and denied responsibility.
Several hours earlier, Amir Fedida claimed in his blog to have cracked the identity of the hacker, as reported by Channel 10 News.

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According to Fedida, contrary to wide-spread belief that the hacker is Saudi, his research actually reveals that the hacker is Omar Habib, a youth of UAE origin, who lives in Mexico.

Fedida claimed in his blog that Habib made many mistakes,  allowing him to trace him -  the biggest mistake being that he communicated with Israeli media by email, congratulating himself on his "achievements." Fedida also found from his investigation that the hacker is a pro-Palestinian whose interests include hacking.

The file spread on Friday contains no new information and can damage computers that run it. Victims of the scandal Bank Leumi, CAL and Isracard, warned their customers against downloading the file.

On Thursday the hacker released almost 11,000 new Israeli credit card numbers and personal contact details, following the publication of around 15,000 numbers earlier this week. 

Credit card companies were examining the latest list and were prepared to cancel any affected cards for phone or internet use, as well as issue new cards.

The new file that has been released contains full details of credit cards, including expiry date and CVVs (the three digits on the back of the card), full names, addresses, and telephone numbers, according to a Globes report. The file also contains e-mail addresses and passwords. Additionally, e-mail account passwords have been verified as genuine, allowing anyone with the information to break into inboxes without difficulty, according to the report.

The hacker, from "group-xp" released a statement indicating that he will release the rest of the database which contains a further 60,000 credit cards. He also
threatened to release other sensitive information, such as "data I have downloaded from Israeli military contractor companies...  I'm thinking to start doing it from an Israeli company which creates jammers and eavesdropping devices."

The message, posted on the 'uncensored text hosting' website Pastebin, contained numerous anti-Israel and anti-Semitic references. The hacker repeatedly referred to the "Zionist lobby" and the "Jewish lobby" throughout the post.

The Bank of Israel on Tuesday reassured customers that they would not bear responsibility for fraudulent use of their cards.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report

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