Atraf website was permanently removed from the internet in Black Shadow Fight

State prosecutors announced Thursday that it had succeeded in having the Atraf website for LGBTQ dating permanently removed from the internet as part of its ongoing battle against attempts by hacker groups Black Shadow to expose private personal information of site users. Web.

The website had been temporarily disabled since Black Shadow started posting some of the personal data that it had hacked.

On November 3, the Privacy Defense Authority announced that it was investigating the Atraf website for flawed cyber defenses that may have led to its recent hacking.

If the investigation has real consequences, it could be a game changer in the cyber arena by motivating companies to take stronger action on cyber defense.

Two weeks ago, Black Shadow announced its hack of Cyberserve, which was hosting Atraf, and hackers have been exposing personal information of LGBTQ customers of the website in waves over the course of this week, threatening to reveal more until they are paid a rescue.

Hackers and cybersecurity (credit: REUTERS)

The Authority said at the time that it was not a coincidence that the website has been down since the hacking and that it may remain inactive indefinitely due to the website owner’s lack of cyber protection of their customers’ personal data.

Additionally, the Authority noted efforts by other state agencies to block search engines and social media sites from displaying personal information, warning that anyone displaying such information could be guilty of a crime.

In fact, the cyber unit of the state prosecutor’s office obtained from the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court last week an even broader and more open order to block material related to the hack (related to both Atraf and the websites of Machon Mor and Pegasus) so that he would not have to repeatedly return to court for execution.

Furthermore, the Authority said last week that it had directed Atraf to provide immediate and exact details to clients on what information was hacked and leaked, something that hacked companies often try to delay due to embarrassment.

To date, the Authority has been deemed weak and its investigation of the Likud party from February 2020 to February this year for failing to protect the details of 6.4 million Israeli citizens was widely criticized.

The result of the investigation was a low-grade fine from Likud with no criminal charges.

However, the latest wave of cyberattacks may be a new opportunity for the Authority to show its muscles.

While much of the attention has focused on whether Black Shadow is a front for Iranian cyberattacks against Israel under the veil of being a criminal ransomware team, these latest developments draw the public’s attention to companies that have sometimes failed to managed to repair the holes in its digital infrastructure. despite warnings from Israel’s National Cyber ​​Directorate.

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