Israeli Suspected of Using Info Exposed in Saudi Hack for Credit Card Fraud

An 18-year-old from northern Israel used details of a number of credit cards to purchase smartphone, tablet computer and home cinema system.

An 18-year-old man from northern Israel was arrested on Sunday morning on suspicion of using credit card numbers published by the Saudi hacker' last week to make illicit purchases to the tune of thousands of shekels.

According to the allegations, the suspect used a number of different credit cards in order to make online purchases.


The police said that he bought a home cinema system, a Samsung Galaxy 2 cell phone, and a tablet computer, and waited to receive the purchases.

The man was caught following cooperation between the credit card company and the fraud department of the northern district police. A policeman pretended to be a delivery man, and brought the man goods that he had purchased with the credit card numbers. When he accepted the goods in questions, he was detained by a number of policemen and taken in for questioning.

Police will try to extend his detention at a hearing in the Magistrate's Court in Acre on Monday.

On Tuesday, Saudi hacking group Group-XP claimed it had obtained personal information of about 400,000 Israelis. Files containing the information were posted online by a hacker identifying himself as 0xOmar.

Checks carried out by the credit card issuers and the Bank of Israel, however, determined that the details of between 14,000 and 15,000 active cards had been exposed.

A further file was published on Friday by another hacker, identifying himself as X, and also claiming to be from Group-XP. Bank Leumi warned people against downloading the new file, which it said may contain spyware.

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