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Anti-Terror Hackers Claim Arab National Bank Breach

by Majik on October 11th, 2001 Vigilante hackers apparently penetrated the security of a Saudi bank Wednesday, even as the hackers' own Web site was defaced by a notorious computer prankster, Fluffi Bunni.

In an effort to locate financial information about terrorists, a member of a group called Yihat claims to have breached the defenses of an Internet-connected server operated by Arab National Bank.

As proof, the hacker, who uses the nickname "Splices," provided Newsbytes with three spreadsheet files allegedly gleaned from the server. The files apparently contained records of accounts held by a handful of ANB customers. None of the names on the accounts appear on the recently released list of 22 terrorists most wanted by the FBI. Nor do the customer names appear to match those of top Taliban officials.

The compromised system, which was separate from the bank's Web site at , was running Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system. According to Splices, the server was configured to allow file sharing by unauthorized remote users.

A security consultant, who requested that his identity not be revealed, confirmed that the ANB server was not protected by a firewall and had directories accessible to outside users.

A spokesperson for ANB told Newsbytes the bank had no indication that its Web server was penetrated. The official did not provide information on the status of the allegedly compromised separate system.

According to Splices, who said he is an American citizen, Yihat's intent wasn't to harm the bank but to "look for terrorists." The hacker said he has turned the information over to Yihat's leader who will forward the data to U.S. law enforcement.

Yihat, which stands for Young Intelligent Hackers Against Terrorism, is organized by Kim Schmitz, a controversial German hacker turned entrepreneur. Schmitz has offered a $10 million reward for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

Schmitz's personal site and that of Yihat were defaced Wednesday night apparently by a hacker calling himself Fluffi Bunni. The attacker replaced the home page of Yihat's site at with one that included a photo of Osama bin Laden and a doctored version of Yihat's logo that read "Young Idiotic HaXorz and Terrorists."

Fluffi Bunni also replaced the home page of Schmitz's site at with a lewd image of a pink toy rabbit and the words "The Fluffy Bunny has owned you." (Note that the hacker changes the spelling of his name, sometimes it's Fluffi Bunni and sometimes Fluffy Bunny.)

Both sites were not functioning properly this morning. Schmitz was not immediately reachable for comment.

On a hacking message board, one participant wrote of the defacements: "Maybe Kimble should use some of that reward money to hire someone who can secure his own servers."

Last month, Schmitz claimed that Yihat members were able to penetrate AlShamal Islamic Bank in Sudan and collect data on the accounts of Al Qaeda terrorists and Osama bin Laden.

Schmitz provided no proof of the incursion, but claimed to have turned information over to the FBI. The agency would not confirm or deny whether such an exchange had occurred.

In an e-mail to Newsbytes earlier this week, Schmitz said "Face the fact, I have a track record and I reached my goals. I have no need to lie about the Shamal hack."

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