[ISN] Hebrew no shield from hackers, phony bank app shows

http://www.timesofisrael.com/hebrew-wont-stop-hacking-fake-bank-app-shows/ By David Shamah The Times of Israel June 26, 2014 Israelis are just as vulnerable as anyone else to hacking and data theft, and their right-to-left language won’t shield them, experts say, after discovering a Hebrew version of a dangerous phony bank app While a Hebrew interface is no guarantee of an app’s safety, said Israeli security expert Tal Pavel, seeing their native language is uncommon enough that it would probably lead Israelis to trust the app more. “It’s really a sophisticated form of ‘phishing,’ where hackers use a form of social engineering to steal data,” said Pavel. In a phishing scam, said Pavel, an expert on Internet usage and crimes in the Middle East, “hackers search for a ‘weak link ,’ matching a message with a potential victim, using threats, rewards, fear or other psychological tactics to get the victim to click on a link or open a document that will install a virus or trojan, giving them access to data.” In this case, he said, the legitimate-looking Hebrew app that is almost indistinguishable from the real thing would be enough to prompt Mizrahi Bank customers to download the app and allow hackers free access to their data. […]