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Daily Israel Report

Ayalon: Israel Will Hit Back on Cyber Attackers

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon warned Saturday that Israel will retaliate against cyberspace hackers as it does against terrorists.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 1/7/2012, 7:57 PM

 

Hackers who attempt to attack Israel in cyberspace will be met with a "forceful response," warned Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Saturday -- one comparable to the response meted out to terrorists.

Speaking at a cultural forum at a community center in Be'er Sheva, Ayalon said Israel views incidents such as the attack in which a Saudi hacker exposed the credit card numbers and information of thousands of Israelis at least twice last week as "acts of terror."

An Israeli blogger claimed Friday that he was able to figure out the identity of the hacker, who claimed he was based in Saudi Arabia.

According to a Channel 10 News report, blogger Amir Fedida said he believes the hacker, identified in the report as Omar Habib, is based in Mexico, although a citizen of the United Arab Emirates.

Israel will "retaliate forcefully," Ayalon said. He added "no hacker will be immune."