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U.S. Intelligence Suspects Iran of Using ‘bRobots’ to DDoS American Banks

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U.S. officials are still convinced that continuing denial of service (DDoS) attacks against American banks by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters are cover for state-sponsored cyber sabotage by Iran, according to a report in today’s New York Times.

The Times reports that the U.S. doesn’t believe the hacking group’s repeated claim they are targeting banks because the anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims hasn’t been taken off the Internet: Read More

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Qassam Cyber Fighters Still All Up in Your Online Banking

Wells Fargo's logo. (flickr/Neubie)

Earlier this week the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters announced new distributed denial of service (DDos) attacks on U.S. banks, part of what they’ve referred to as Phase 2 of their “Operation Ababil.” It appears that they have been true to their word.

As of 1:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon, virtually all of the most recent site outage reports on SiteDown.co, one of the largest website outage notification services, were for either Wells Fargo or Bank of America. Comments from Wells Fargo customers ranged from the questioning–”What idiots do you hire to manage to your website?” to the timely: “Did the mayans shut down wells fargo as well no world no monies (sic).” Read More

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The Qassam Cyber Fighters Send Holiday Greetings With Renewed DDoS Attacks On Banks

Wells Fargo, hit by al-Qassam Cyber Fighters DDoS attacks.

Denial of service elves Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters issued a new statement Tuesday and apparently renewed DDoS attacks on American bank websites.

In a brief Pastebin post the hackers–who claim they are mainly motivated by outrage over the anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims–acknowledged the horrific school shootings that took place in Newtown Connecticut on December 14th, but re-committed to their efforts against U.S. financial institutions: Read More

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The Qassam Cyber Fighters Return, Warning of Phase 2 in ‘Operation Ababil’ [Updated]

Bank of America, one of the victims of Operation Ababil (Screengrab)

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters published a new message on their Pastebin profile late Monday, warning of a new round of cyber attacks against U.S. financial institutions, beginning this week.

In their lengthy post, titled “Phase 2 Operation Ababil,” the Qassam Cyber Fighters announced that they plan to attack websites owned by J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp, PNC Financial Services and SunTrust Banks. Read More

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Muslim Cyber-Fighters Who Took Down U.S. Bank Websites Deny They Work for Iran

Bank of America, one of the victims of Operation Ababil (Screengrab)

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, who claimed credit for multiple DDoS attacks on American financial institutions like Bank of American and Suntrust, Inc., still steadfastly deny they were working for the Iranian government. Wired directs us to this interview with the hackers conducted in early November by researchers Flashpoint Global Partners, a security research firm.

The hackers always claimed in various Pastebin posts that their “Operation Ababil” was not motivated by a need to hurt the United States so much as they wanted to express outrage over the anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims.

In their interview with Flashpoint, the hackers repeated the same sentiment, stating that they targeted banks to do “something proportional to what has happened against us. In the system where… religion and sacred things are not honorable, and only material, money and finance have value, this seems a suitable and effective… act[ion] and can influence governors and decision makers.” Read More

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Thousands of Muslims Protest Anti-Muslim Film Outside Google’s London H.Q.

Still from a trailer for Innocence of Muslims

Muslims protested at Google headquarters in London on Sunday, expressing outrage over the search giant’s refusal to remove Innocence of Muslims from YouTube.

One of the men behind the event, Masoud Alam, told the Telegraph that there will be more protests “at the offices of Google and YouTube across the world.” Muslims wish to ban the film, said Mr. Alam, because it is an “insult of the Prophet.”

Some in attendance on Sunday said they want to expand their protests: Read More

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Operation Ababil, Week 4: Qassam Cyber Fighters Continue Attacks Against U.S. Banks

Muslim cleric Izz ad-Din al-Qassam (Wikimedia)

If customers of Regions Bank were having trouble reaching the institution’s website Thursday, they could thank the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, who returned earlier this week for the fourth week of Operation Ababil.

Operation Ababil is an ongoing effort by cyber-attackers who say they plan to keep knocking American banks offline until Innocence of Muslims has been taken off the web. While Google has blocked the video in countries where its bigoted content is illegal, the search giant has said it will not block the video in the U.S., citing laws that protect freedom of speech. Read More

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Experts Think Muslim Cyber Fighter Attacks on U.S. Banks Were ‘Well-Funded’

This guy is everywhere now. (Image Devdsp on Flickr

Analysis of the DDoS tools used in cyber attacks on American banks by religiously-motivated hackers Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters indicates a “well-funded” effort, according to security experts.

As reported by CSO Online, analysts at security firm Prolexic Technologies were able to identify the DDoS toolkit “itsoknoproblembro” as the software behind attacks against Bank of America, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo and PNC.

It may have a hilarious name, but “itsoknoproblembro” is serious business: Read More

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‘Operation Ababil’: Muslim Cyber Fighters Return, Take Down Wells Fargo’s Website

Muslim cleric Izz ad-Din al-Qassam (Wikimedia)

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters have returned with a new declaration published on Pastebin and a new set of targets. If you park your money with Wells Fargo and can’t reach the bank’s website, you apparently can blame the hackers and their Operation Ababil.

The group’s Pastebin post renewed their call for the anti-Muslim video Innocence of Muslims to be removed from the web. They also refuted allegations their actions have been state-sponsored by Iran, stating that they “strongly reject the American officials’ insidious attempts to deceive public opinion.”

The Cyber Fighters went on to give a timetable for their attacks and urged others to join the fight: Read More

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The Pakistan Cyber Army May Be Coming For Your Small Business Website

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Protests against anti-Muslim “film” Innocence of Muslims have been violent and continue in several countries, but they have not yet exploded into sustained military conflict. However, religiously motivated hackers are waging active war online. While DDoS (Directed Denial of Service) hits against large, well-known sites owned by financial instutions may have been sponsored by Iran, independent Muslim hackers appear to be targeting a slew of small websites with wickedly effective full-blown hacks and defacements.

A hacker calling himself Sizzling Soul and claiming membership in a hacker collective dubbed the Pakistan Cyber Army has taken down more than 80 sites in the name of the Prophet. Many of of those sites remain under his control and are displaying his message: Read More