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Hamas Calls for Escalation in Internet Hacking Against Israel

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Palestinian Hamas movement called for an escalation of Internet hacking against Israel, saluting Arab programmers who have managed to infiltrate Israeli computer systems.

“Penetrating Israeli websites means opening a new field of resistance and the beginning of an electronic war against Israeli occupation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said today in a statement e-mailed to reporters in the Gaza Strip.

In recent weeks, computer hackers claiming to be from Saudi Arabia obtained and publicly posted the confidential information of Israeli citizens, including credit-card details. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu established a National Cyber Directorate in August to guard against infiltration of the country’s government and business computer systems.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, is considered a terrorist organization by Israel, the U.S. and the European Union.

To contact the reporters on this story: Saud Abu Ramadan in Gaza City at sramadan@bloomberg.net; Jonathan Ferziger in Tel Aviv at jferziger@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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