Hacker group claims they stole user data from Israeli hiking websites

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A previously unknown group of hackers claimed on Saturday that they stole the personal data of some 3 million users from two Israeli trekking companies.

In a statement posted on social media, “Sharp Boys” said he had 500 gigabytes of data from the hack of Lametayel, a chain of stores that sells outdoor gear, and the Tiuli hiking website.

The group said the data included usernames, emails, phone numbers and passwords, as well as photos shared from spreadsheets with details about users.

He offered to sell the information for $ 300,000.

Lametayel said he closed his website and blocked access to it after detecting “suspicious activity” in the afternoon.

“The matter is under review,” the company said, quoted by public broadcaster Kan.

There was no comment from Tiuli.

The two websites remained inaccessible on Sunday morning.

“It looks like it’s a psychological war against Israel again,” cybersecurity expert May Brooks-Kempler told the Walla news site.

She also said that although Sharp Boys is unknown, its methods are reminiscent of Black Shadow, a group of hackers linked to Iran who use cyber attacks for criminal purposes.

Last month, Black Shadow disclosed what is said to be comprehensive databases of personal information from the Israeli Medical Institute Machon Mor and the Atraf website, an LGBTQ dating service and nightlife index.

The group initially hacked into Israeli internet hosting company CyberServe, dismantling its servers and a number of sites, including Atraf. Israel’s National Cyber ​​Security Directorate said at the time that it had previously warned CyberServe that it was vulnerable to attack.

Black Shadow’s latest attack follows an unprecedented and unclaimed cyberattack that wreaked havoc on Iran’s gas distribution system, which Iranian officials blamed on Israel and the United States.

Iran and Israel have engaged in a so-called “shadow war,” including several reported attacks on Israeli and Iranian ships that the two have blamed on each other, as well as cyber attacks.

In 2010, the Stuxnet virus – believed to have been engineered by Israel and its ally the United States – infected Iran’s nuclear program, causing a series of failures in the centrifuges used to enrich uranium.

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