Earlier Tuesday, a pro-Israel hacker published a list of 30,000 e-mail addresses and Facebook passwords of "helpless Arabs" on a popular hacking site.
The hacker, who goes by Hannibal, wrote that his actions - which began Friday - are a "counter-attack" following the publication of Israeli credit card details on the Internet by a reportedly Saudi hacker.
The complexities of the systems involved, as well as their connectivity, have never really been fully investigated.
They should be thoroughly assessed before we start to worry about legislation to mandate “check box security” to protect it.
But if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares a cyber war, he's ready to publish the details of 10 million bank accounts, Hannibal wrote, adding that he also had information on 4 million Arab credit cards.
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Without really understanding the problems, you will be just adding useless oversight to private corporations to whom security spending is already anathema.
But so far, Senator Lieberman, I have only seen gross generalities out of you and your peers in government about how dire things are and how scared we all should be.
Especially to those of us in the security community, your hue and cry ultimately lacks any hard evidence that the issue is so real and your warning so prescient that action must be taken post haste.
Nor do you seem to understand the technical, legal and political issues at hand well enough to draft legislation that would be helpful to those of us who secure the nation’s infrastructure.
Israeli hackers brought down the websites of both the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) Tuesday, in the latest episode of a continuing cyber war between hackers in the two countries.
The Israeli hackers, who go by the name IDF-Team, were able to paralyze the Tadawul website, while causing significant delays to the ADX exchange site.
Free, downloadable hacking tools, like the nefariously named Metasploit and Shodan, are becoming more powerful and easier to use every year.