Daily Israel Report

Israeli Blogger Exposes “Saudi” Hacker

Israeli blogger claims he tracked down the "Saudi" hacker who published Israelis' credit card numbers - and that he's Mexican.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 1/6/2012, 8:42 PM

"Saudi" hacker Omar Habib
"Saudi" hacker Omar Habib
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An Israeli blogger claimed on Friday that he was able to figure out the identity of the Saudi hacker who exposed the credit card numbers and information of thousands of Israelis this past week.

The hacker claimed that he was based in Saudi Arabia, but the blogger, Amir Fedida, is claiming that the hacker is based in Mexico.

Channel 10 News reported that Fedida has named the hacker as Omar Habib, who is originally from the United Arab Emirates.

According to the report, Fedida said that Habib made several mistakes which allowed Fedida to track him down. The biggest mistake, he said, was sending an e-mail to Israeli media outlets in which he congratulated himself on his “achievements” in hacking several websites and stealing Israelis’ information.

Fedida said that he was able to use Habib’s e-mail address to trace him back to Spanish forums on the internet. He said Habib is originally from the UAE but currently lives in Mexico, where he studies in a local college and works in a café. 

Fedida was also able to find Habib’s Facebook profile and Myspace page, thus finding out more information about him. Through one of his Facebook accounts, Fedida discovered that Habib is pro-Palestinian Authority Arabs and that one of his photos contains the PLO flag.

According to a report on Channel 2 News, Fedida has been in touch with the Israeli Ministry of Justice in hopes of giving them some clues as to how to track Habib down.

The “Saudi” hacker has twice in the past week published Israelis’ credit card information. The first time was on Monday and, at that time, the hacker or hackers claimed they possessed the information of some 400,000 Israelis. It was later revealed that the number of charge card accounts that had been hacked is about 15,000.

On Thursday, the details of 11,000 more cards were published. More than half of these are out of date, however.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)