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Israeli Hacker Vows More Internet Raids

The Israeli hacker who goes by the nomme de guerre 'Hannibal' has vowed to release 100,000 more Arab Facebook credentials over the weekend.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 1/20/2012, 11:22 AM

Whether their respective leaders like it or not, the  Israeli-Arab Hacker War is just getting started.

An Israeli hacker who goes by the name Hannibal this week glommed 85,000 Facebook logins from Arab users of the social network and then posted them on Pastebin.

Pastebin is a simple website allowing anyone to upload text for public viewing. Hannibal first posted 20,000 logins on Sunday, then 30,000 logins on Monday, then 10,000 logins on Tuesday, and finally 25,000 logins on Wednesday.

On Thursday – leaving his elephants in the room – Hannibal went silent, but has vowed to publish more cracked credentials over the weekend.

"On Saturday night I will publish new list of 100,000 emails and Facebook accounts," Hannibal wrote.

The Facebook raid is just the latest in an online hacker war being fought in the Middle East.

Israel and Saudi Arabia are currently in the middle of a mutual cyber-insurgency by anonymous hackers. Millions of e-mail accounts, bank accounts, and credit cards have been targeted to date; as have corporate websites and stock exchanges.

But now Facebook – the world's largest social media site and the revered cradle of the Arab Spring – is also under fire.

For some that has proven too much. Amid the Pastebin uploads Iranian deputy prime minister Mohammad-Reza Rahimi reportedly threatened Hannibal's life.

And Arab hackers made an online call to unite their efforts and target Israel’s military and security communities’ websites.

Facebook’s automated systems have been warning users to change their passwords since the attack began – and locked those accounts whose passwords have not been changed. The move forces users who have not yet changed their passwords to go through the reset process.

While Thursday appeared to have been a lull in the cyber-skirmishes between Israeli and Arab hackers online, Internet forecasters are predicting a blustery weekend.