Turkish hackers apparently succeeded in hacking a number of Israeli websites, accessing e-mail addresses, passwords, and user accounts of 100,000 people, according to Israeli blogger Erez Wolf on his blog We CMS. One of the sites hacked was classified ads site Homeless.
Wolf found an Excel spreadsheet with more than 32,000 e-mail addresses and passwords published on a Turkish forum. The items were obtained through numerous hackings since the Gaza flotilla incident in late May. At that time, Israeli accounts on Facebook, Gmail, and Messenger were hacked.
Israelis wanting to know if their e-mail address is on the spreadsheet can go to the website Designer, which can check e-mail addresses on a frequently updated list.
Wolf said, "The hacking succeeded, and the hackers used the information in their possession to enter accounts on other websites. Assuming that many surfers use the same e-mail, same password, and same user name to register on all the sites that require registration (as it's easier to remember), the e-mail and password from the hacked site will be the same e-mail and password that will get them into Gmail, Facebook, Messenger, and more. When I say more, I also mean PayPal. From what I've been able to learn on the forum, the hackers penetrated PayPal accounts of Israelis, and their bank accounts, and also obtained credit card details."
The "Homeless" website responded, "Many of the items on the list did not have e-mails and passwords, but only partial information, since the hacking was into a table of recommendations on the website, and not the central database. No personal details, such as telephone numbers, ID numbers, or credit were exposed. The break-in was immediately repaired when the matter became known, and public servers were notified where the list was located and most of them removed it."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on July 18, 2010
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