The Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam, a group of cyber-attackers who have targeted Bank of America and the New York Stock Exchange, allegedly struck J.P. Morgan Chase today. Fox Business reported on the site outage at Chase.com and consulted with Flashpoint Partners about the problems. Flashpoint told Fox that Chase’s problems were probably due to a “sustained denial of service attack.”
The religiously-motivated hackers, who claim they are responding to the anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims, have published a new Pastebin page claiming credit for the Chase attack:
In the name of Allah the companionate the merciful
My soul is devoted to you Dear Prophet of Allah
“Operation Ababil” started over BoA :
In the second step we attacked the largest bank of the united states, the “chase” bank. These series of attacks will continue untill the Erasing of that nasty movie from the Internet.
The site “www.chase.com” is down and also Online banking at “chaseonline.chase.com” is being decided to be Offline !
Down with modern infidels.
### Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam ###
“Operation Ababil” was also the name of a failed Pakistani military operation that occurred in April, 1984.
Pakistan planned the maneuver (sometimes spelled “Operation Ababeel”) as an effort to capture a glacier in the long-disputed region of Kashmir. India learned of the plan and managed to seize the area two days before Pakistan pulled the trigger on the mission.
Are the Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam hinting that they might be based in Pakistan? Not necessarily–the name of the operation could be a red herring.
The group’s moniker may mean more than whatever they call their efforts against financial institutions; Izz ad-din Al qassam, according to Wikipedia, was the name of a Syrian-born “Muslim preacher who was a leader in the fight against British, French, and Zionist organizations in the Levant in the 1920s and 1930s.”
Innocence of Muslims has been blocked in Pakistan and several other heavily Muslim countries but Google has refused to completely remove the film from the web.