Hacker Sends 5,000 'Death to the Jews' Texts to Middle Eastern Cellphones

The telecommunications company SMSGlobal blocked the bulk of the four million messages the hacker attempted to send after penetrating their network.

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Some 5,000 messages saying “death to the Jews” were sent to mobile numbers in the Middle East earlier this year by a hacker who penetrated the network of a global telecommunications company, according to the Guardian.

The company, SMSGlobal, managed to block the bulk of the four million messages that the hacker attempted to send, the Guardian reported, though some 5,000 were received by SMSGlobal customers in the United Arab Emirates.

“Our motto forever Death to America, Death to the Jews,” the message read.

Australia-based SMSGlobal provides messaging services to such companies as Etihad Airways, Samsung, Microsoft, IBM, Dell and the Australian Defense department.

The company defended its handling of the incident, saying that no message history, data or any other personal customer data had been taken as a result of the security breach.

 “At no time in 2013 or 2015 has the message history, database or any personal information of any SMSGlobal customer been compromised by a breach of the SMSGlobal systems," the company said in response to queries from the Guardian.

The 2013 theft was attributed by the company to be a cause of the breach in April 2015. Clients who had not changed their passwords were potentially vulnerable.

The company listed a number of measures it had taken to remedy future breaches, including increasing content filtering, and contacting some customers using a particular type of their service to ask them to change their passwords.

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