State investigates LGBTQ Atraf website for flawed cyber defenses


The Privacy Authority said on Wednesday it was probing Atraf’s website for LGBTQ dating for flawed cyber defenses that may have led to its recent hack.

If the investigation has real consequences, it could be a game-changer in the cyber arena by motivating companies to take tougher cyber defense measures.

Last weekend, Black Shadow announced its hack of Cyberserve, which hosted Atraf, and hackers exposed in waves personal information of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer customers to the website during this week, threatening to ‘disclose more until they receive a ransom.

The authority said it was no coincidence that the website has been down since the hack and could remain so indefinitely due to the website owner’s lack of cyber protection for their customers’ personal data.

Additionally, the authority noted efforts by other state agencies to prevent search engines and social media sites from posting personal information, warning that anyone who posts such information could be them- even guilty of a crime.


In fact, the prosecution’s cyber unit on Wednesday obtained an even wider and more unlimited order from the Tel Aviv Magistrates’ Court to block the 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.

Additionally, the authority said it had asked Atraf to provide immediate and accurate details to customers about the hacked and leaked information, which hacked companies often try to delay due to embarrassment.

To date, the authority has been viewed as weak, and its investigation into the Likud Party from February 2020 to February this year for failing to protect the details of 6.4 million Israeli citizens has been widely criticized.

The result of the investigation was a low-intensity fine from Likud without criminal charges.

However, the latest wave of cyberattacks may be another opportunity for the authority to flex its muscles.

While much of the attention has been focused on whether Black Shadow is a front for Iranian cyber attacks against Israel under the veil of being a criminal ransomware group, these latest developments are drawing attention. from the public on companies that have sometimes failed to plug the loopholes in their digital infrastructure. despite warnings from Israel’s National Cyber ​​Security Directorate.


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