Hackers of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters collective are taking credit for the recent website disruptions experienced by Wells Fargo. The hacktivists also revealed a list of future targets.
“In the previous announcements we stated that we will not tolerate insulting exalted character of the prophet of mercy and kindness. Due to the insult, we planned and accomplished a series of cyber operations against the insulting country's credit and financial centers,” the hackers stated.
They highlight the fact that their actions are not part of state-sponsored attacks
as many US officials say. They insist that the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks they launch against US banks are a form of protest against the Innocence of Muslims movie.
“Insult to a prophet is not acceptable especially when it is the Last prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him). So as we promised before, the attack will be continued until the removal of that sacrilegious movie from the Internet,” they explained.
They have revealed a list of organizations that will be targeted in the upcoming days. They claim that each of the sites will be attacked for 8 hours, starting at 2:30 PM GMT.
“We invite all cyberspace workers to join us in this Proper Act. If America's arrogant government do not submit, the attack will be large and larger and will include other evil countries like Israel, French and U.Kingdom indeed,” they concluded.
According to a Pastebin post
, today, on Wednesday, they will attack US Bank (usbank.com). On Thursday, they plan to focus on the official website of PNC Financial Services Group, Inc (pnc.com). The weekends are apparently dedicated to planning the attacks for the upcoming week.
So far, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters have successfully disrupted the operations of Bank of America
and JPMorgan Chase
. It remains to be seen if US Bank and PNC will be able to defend their systems, now that they know they’re about to be hit.