Hackers strike Israeli bourse

HACKERS disrupted online access to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, El Al Airlines and three banks yesterday in what the government described as a cyber-offensive against Israel.

The attacks came just days after an unidentified hacker, proclaiming Palestinian sympathies, posted the details of thousands of Israeli credit card holders and other personal information on the internet.

Stock trading and El Al flights operated normally despite the disruption. Israeli media reported pro-Palestinian hackers had threatened to shut down the TASE stock exchange.