Attempted Cyber-Attack on Bank Hapoalim (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 02/17/12)
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Israel´s Bank Hapoalim reported an attempted cyber-attack from Iran
on their systems on Thursday. Bank officials said the attack was
foiled by extant security measures and that the hackers failed in
Meanwhile, Yisrael Hayom reported that The Bank of Israel convened an
emergency meeting last night with representatives from Israel´s banks
to discuss ways to defend against cyber-attacks.
Security officials traced the Bank Hapoalim attack from servers in
Iran, but noted the Iranian server farm could have simply served as a
proxy for hackers elsewhere allowing them to hide their tracks.
An involved source said hackers tried to plant a virus trying to
obtain user information such as addresses, biographical data, and
email addresses. After that security officials informed Bank of
Israel of the attack.
"There was a very big fuss", the source told the newspaper.
Sources at Bank Hapoalim sought to reassure the public by emphasizing
the attack targeted personal computers used for browsing and email,
while customer´s sensitive personal and account data were not
"It was an attempt to infiltrate the bank´s personal computers," the
Bank Hapoalim source said. "As a result, our information threat level
was increased. But I must emphasize that the hackers failed to
penetrate our sensitive systems."
The Bank of Israel did not respond to information requests.
Cyber-attacks on the mail servers of banks has been a regular part of
cyber-attacks from Islamic countries targeting Israel. Often security
for mail servers is inferior, if not completely non-existent.
Managing Director Shai Blitzblau of Israel´s Maglan information
security told Yisrael Hayom such attacks will continue.
"If the bank´s business website is attacked and unavailable for a few
hours, its not the end of the world. But internal email is essential
for the bank to function at all. Its very essential in the modern
world." (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/17/12)
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