Bank Yerushalayim: Customer Money Safe, Despite Hack

Shekels. Nati Shohat/Flash90
Shekel bank notes. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Hackers broke into the servers of Bank Yerushalayim over the weekend, entering a customer database, where they accessed data on thousands of customers. The bank took the database offline after the breach was discovered, it reported in a notice sent to customers on Motzoei Shabbos.

The bank said that the database included information on customer transactions regarding the purchase and sale of stocks. According to the notice, the database was not used to execute any buy or sell orders, and customers’ money is safe. The bank has asked the affected customers to change their personal account passwords.

In its message to customers, the bank said that it instituted “defense mechanisms to protect the accounts of customers. All passwords have been canceled, and customers need to reset them. The affected accounts include 6,000 active ones of current customers, and an additional 38,000 that are no longer active. The database that was breached contains the transaction history of the purchase and sale of stocks through those accounts.”

According to bank investigators and data security experts, the attack was organized and executed by groups that affiliate themselves with international hacker group known as ‘Anonymous.’ The breach was conducted using server connections located outside of Israel.

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