Magazine article American Banker

Al Qassam Hacktivists Say Cyberattacks on Banks to Continue

Magazine article American Banker

Al Qassam Hacktivists Say Cyberattacks on Banks to Continue

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Byline: Brian Browdie

A group that claims responsibility for a string of recent cyberattacks on at least 10 banks worldwide says it is waging the campaign to protest an anti-Muslim film and proceeding without a state sponsor.

The Izz ad-Din al Qassam Cyber Fighters Group has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks that have flooded lines that connect banks to the Internet to prevent customers from retrieving their accounts.

The group said in an email to American Banker Thursday that the attacks will continue until Google takes down a trailer for aThe Innocence of Muslims,a an American-made, anti-Muslim film that appears on its YouTube website. It also said that targeting banks can command the attention of a society the group claims values commerce above all.

aIn the system where the religion and sacred things are not honorable, and only material, money and finance have value, this seems a suitable and effective way of act and can influence governors and decision makers,a the al Qassam group said in the email.A Though U.S. intelligence officials have said the hackers responsible for the assaults on banks may have ties to Iran, the al Qassam hacktivists say they are a group of volunteers who operate across cyberspace without a leader or geographic base. aThere is no special leader,a al Qassam wrote. aIn fact collective decision making leads us to move.a

The group also disavows attacks in January on the Tel Aviv stock exchange or El Al airlines. aNo individual in the group has spoken about his probable activities in the past, or in the future which is not related to our operation, and if we ask each other about that, there will be no answer,a the group said in an email. …

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