With the help of WhatsApp, a link went viral on Tuesday, 12 Teves, reporting “An Israeli cellular rental’s database was hacked, leaving credit card information of clients during the past year exposed on the internet”.
As news of hacking attempts dominate the headlines, Yeshiva World has investigated recent rumors about the hacking of a frum website, Cellular Israel, and found that they are false. While recent posts on social media claimed that the website has been hacked, leaving customers’ financial information vulnerable and accessible online, these reports refer to an outdated security issue that has been corrected, and there are no customers whose information is at risk, Yeshiva World has found.
Cellular Israel explained that the company’s site was hacked in October 2015 during a routine site update. The company immediately invested thousands of dollars in updating the site’s security and contacted customers to let them know of the leak. A few months later, when the company learned that some of the information had been posted online, they contacted each customer to confirm that they had cancelled their cards and alerted their company to monitor their accounts. It is this outdated credit card information that has been posted online.
“I hired additional employees specifically to contact each and every customer who had not already informed us that they had cancelled their cards and had them contact their bank to cancel and monitor their cards,” Cellular Israel CEO Yisroel Meir Biegeleisen told Yeshiva World. “Unfortunately, it’s not news that U.S. cyber security is problematic. We joined a list of victims that includes Target, the Pentagon, and the DNC, among many others.”
“We recently learned that the hacked information is still available online,” Biegeleisen added. “While we immediately contacted the site’s web host and domain registrar, it seems that the process of having the information removed will take time. However, it is important to stress that all of the posted information is outdated and unusable. Every credit card listed there was canceled months ago.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)