Palestinian suspected of phishing Israeli bank accounts

Graham Cluley

The Israeli media is reporting that authorities have arrested a 22-year-old Palestinian man in relation to a phishing attack against customers of two banks.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested by the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) and police after allegedly sending emails asking customers of Bank Leumi adn the Bank of Israeli to confirm their account details for “security reasons”.

Clicking on the links contained inside the emails reportedly took banking customers to fake login pages, pretending to be the legitimate sites.

Israeli authorities claim that information about dozens of customers was scooped up in the phishing operation, and credit card details used to make illegal purchases.

Of course, these kind of phishing attacks are happening all the time – but it’s useful to remember that they can take place on a local scale in any country in the world as well…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.