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Israeli tourism websites under cyber attack

Updated: Jun 15

Relatively unknown group Sharp Boys is reportedly also behind a late 2021 breach of two hiking and travel companies' websites


Potential tourists of Tel Aviv might have been hacked. Photo by REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg
Potential tourists of Tel Aviv might have been hacked. Photo by REUTERS/Ilan Rosenberg

A relatively unknown cyber threat group known as Sharp Boys announced it has successfully hacked websites of several Israeli tourism and booking companies and stole sensitive information, including credit card numbers.


The group’s Telegram channel, on which it posted this update, has since been removed – then opened again under another name. The compromised websites – including come2israel, booking-kibbutz, funtoursisrael and others are currently down.


In addition, the group published the data of several ESET antivirus licenses, which it claimed to have purchased using credit cards it stole from the compromised websites. ESET announced it is working to revoke those licenses and update the credit card companies as soon as possible.


“The group’s former Telegram channel was shut due to breaching terms and conditions. It now opened a new channel in which it announced its latest success,” said Alex Steinberg, ESET Israel Product Manager.


In December 2021, Sharp Boys hacked the websites of two Israeli hiking companies and claimed to have stolen data of some three million users – 500 gigabytes of data. They reportedly asked for $300 thousand in ransom.


ESET calls on customers who visit the compromised websites to update their passwords and contact their credit card company.

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