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Abu Dhabi bourse denies tit-for-tat hacker attack

ADX denies strike by Israeli hackers, blames technical glitches for site woes

Abu Dhabi bourse denies tit-for-tat hacker attack
Both Abu Dhabi and Saudi exchanges denied their sites had been affected by hacker attacks

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) on Wednesday both denied claims by Israeli hackers that their websites had been attacked.

Cyber-criminals claiming to be Israelis said they had brought down the sites of both the Tadawul and ADX in a retaliatory strike, days after a Saudi hacker attacked the Tel Aviv bourse.

“Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange denies the rumours that its website was hacked, as claimed by some media outlets,” the bourse said in an emailed statement to Arabian Business.

The company blamed its slow-running site on Tuesday on technical glitches, adding the website was now “back to its normal, original state.”

The Saudi Tadawul also denied the allegation, adding its website had not experienced any slowdown in light of the alleged attackes.

“Tadawul deploys advance systems and process to protect the integrity and continuity of its infrastructure,” the company said in a statement.

The hackers, who called themselves IDF-Team, said the strike was in response to cyber attacks from a Saudi-based group that had briefly slowed access to the websites of Tel Aviv bourse and El Al Israel Airlines.

The same group this month leaked details from 15,000 Israeli credit card customers on the web.

“If the lame attacks from Saudi Arabia will continue, we will move to the next level which will disable these sites longer term may come to weeks or even months. You have been warned,” IDF-Team said in a statement.

The dueling reports underscore the hostile relationship between Israel and the GCC, which does not maintain diplomatic relations with the country in protest at its occupation of Palestine.

The Palestinian Hamas movement on Sunday called for an escalation of hacking against Israel websites and interests.

“Penetrating Israeli websites means opening a new field of resistance and the beginning of an electronic war against Israeli occupation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement emailed to Bloomberg News.

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Mark of Zoro 7 years ago

Why not catch all Hackers, put them in a Rocket and Blast them into Space?