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24 January 2012, 09:35

Hacker targets Arab users' Facebook accounts

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Zoom While the published list does contain numerous users' access details, it includes far fewer than the stated number
An Israeli hacker has posted the Facebook account credentials of thousands of users to the Pastebin anonymous text hosting service. The hacker, who appears to be politically motivated and goes by the name of "Hannibal", says that the data was harvested exclusively from Arab users.

This is just one of the most recent incidents in the ongoing conflict between Arab and Israeli hackers which, according to media reports, has already led to thousands of Israeli users' credit card details being circulated on the net. Hackers also temporarily crippled the web sites of the Israeli stock market, the national El Al airline and First International Bank of Israel (FIBI).

Zoom Facebook has already responded by blocking the affected passwords
The hacker says that the posted list contains more than 100,000 data records, but an analysis by The H's associates at heise Security indicated that the actual number is only several thousand. Facebook has already responded by resetting the passwords of the affected accounts. Users logging into these accounts will be asked various security questions and will be required to create a new password.


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