After the public-facing website of Bank of America (BoA) experienced some minor outages, now it’s JPMorgan Chase’s turn to suffer from similar problems. The same hackers who attacked BoA also took responsibility for taking down Chase.com.
On September 18, a hacker collective called Izz ad-din Al qassam threatened
to attack the websites of BoA and the one of the New York Stock Exchange in protest against the controversial Innocence of Muslims movie.
At the time, they threatened that other organizations would also be targeted in the upcoming days, and Chase appears to be one of them.
“Chase.com is experiencing intermittent issues. We're working to restore full connectivity and apologize for any inconvenience,” read
a message posted by the financial institution on Twitter.
Around 5 hours later, the company announced that the site was back online.
In the meantime, the Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam
published a second Pastebin document, taking credit for the outage. They have once again threatened to attack websites until the “nasty movie” is removed from the Web.
“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!” they wrote
The Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) has raised its Cyber Threat Level from Elevated to High.
The change is caused partly by the targeted cyberattacks that exploit the zero-day vulnerability
in Internet Explorer. Another cause for the change in threat level is the “recent credible intelligence regarding the potential for DDoS and other cyber attacks against financial institutions.”