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In wake of anti-Israel hacker attacks, Justice Ministry tightens ID number guidelines
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 01:32:13 -0500 (CDT)


By Oded Yaron
Haaretz Daily Newspaper

Israel's Justice Ministry on Sunday released guidelines forbidding unnecessary collection of personal national identification numbers. The Authority for Technology and Information Law, a subsidiary of the Justice Ministry, decided to release the stricter guidelines as a result of attacks by a Saudi hacker and other anti-Israeli hackers. The document was posted on the Justice Ministry website, in order to enable public feedback.

There have been numerous recent attacks against Israeli websites. As a result of these attacks, hackers posted credit card numbers, ID numbers and many other details belonging to Israeli citizens on the internet. In response, Israeli hackers attacked websites based in Arab countries and Iran, and exposed details of citizens of those nations. In addition, other websites were crashed by hackers, including the websites for the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al, Ynet, and Haaretz, among others.

These incidents occurred because database owners collected personal national identification numbers, apparently without need, creating a danger of exposure and damage to consumer privacy," read the statement, released by the Justice Ministry.


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