At the end of January, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters announced that they would temporarily stop attacking the systems of US financial institutions because the main copy of the Innocence of Muslims movie was removed from the web.
However, at the time, they warned that they were only suspending the operation to give Google and the US government time to remove the other copies of the controversial film.
In a statement provided to Softpedia today, the hacktivists say they regard the fact that YouTube flags the movie as being potentially offensive or inappropriate as “a considerable act.” On the other hand, they argue that it’s not enough.
“In spite of the time that was given to YouTube to remove the films nonetheless the copies yet exist. We, the M.I.D.a Qassam Cyber Fighters warn that other copies of the film should also be removed quickly,” the hackers said.
“It is reminded that, based on the formula which is approved for paying, and there were some invoices during past statements based on it, the united states is still debted considerable amount because of the insult, and not removing the film shows the U.S. acceptance of the responsibility to pay for it,” they added.
“We warn again that, remove the film copies till there is time and do not harden the situation for yourself and banks' online users.”
They haven’t named any potential targets, but judging by their latest round of attacks, there’s a long list of organizations they can chose from.
The US financial institutions targeted in the 7th week of Operation Ababil 2 include Bank of America, Wells Fargo, PNC, Harris Bank, Zions, Regions, Chase, BT&T, Fifth Third, Union Bank, First Citizens Bank, Citizens Bank, Key Bank, BBVA Compass, and Comerica.