Pro-Palestinian hackers have stolen the personal information of hundreds of thousands of Israeli students and started distributing it online, including names, phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses.
The cyberattack was announced in a post on their website by a group called DragonForce Malaysia. In a message posted on a forum on the website, the group called on hackers, human rights organizations and activists to fight against Israel, which it repeatedly referred to as “Israel.”
Student data was initially shared into Malaysian groups via the Telegram app.
The hackers linked the leak to Israel’s last 11 days of fighting with terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.
Malaysian hackers behind the data breach appear to have gathered information from the website of AcadeMe, one of the largest recruiting networks in the country for job-seeking students and graduates. AcadeMe works with leading university institutes such as Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Tel Aviv University, Open University, Bar-Ilan University, Technion and the University of Haifa, as well as many colleges.
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Cybersecurity expert May Brooks-Kempler, who manages the Think Cyber Safe group on Facebook, is investigating the extent of the hack. Brooks-Kempler found details of about 280,000 students from 2014 to date have been leaked along with about 100,000 email addresses.
She warned that the details could be used for cyberattacks that focus on those who signed up for AcadeMe and advised users to change passwords and watch out for suspicious emails, text messages or phone calls.
Last December, a group of hackers called Black Shadow broke into the Shirbit insurance company, stole customer data and demanded a ransom, or they would publish the data on the Internet. The company refused to pay and the hackers later said they had sold the information on the dark web.