Softpedia has had the opportunity to interview a representative of Mrt. Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, the group responsible for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks against the sites of several US financial institutions.
The attacks have been highly controversial, mainly because some US officials, including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, have claimed that they’re actually a cover-up for a campaign sponsored by Iran.
On the other hand, the hackers state that they’re not sponsored by any state, their sole objective being to get authorities to order the removal of the Innocence of Muslims movie from the Internet.
“U.S. prefers to merge the insult issue with this case to decrease the insulting burden and change it to a confrontation with its competitors. No country supports us,” they told us.
Other rumors have claimed that Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters might be connected to Anonymous. Furthermore, some believed they might be collaborating with the controversial Fawkes Security collective that launched DDOS attacks against the websites of HSBC on the same day that the Cyber Fighters did.
“Our group doesn't have any connection to Fawkes Security. Our attack's simultaneity with their operation has been completely by chance,” they said.
They have also highlighted the fact that their objectives are different from the ones of Fawkes Security.
The possible connection between Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters and Anonymous came to light after the hacker known as The Jester revealed that the group might have used the same DDOS services Anonymous utilized in some campaigns.
“Our group has not had cooperation with Anonymous yet,” the hackers explained.
On the same day on which several HSBC website were attacked, Ally Financial also reported experiencing some problems. Many believed that Ally might have been their actual target.
However, they state that they’ve had nothing to do with the attack on this particular website.
The complete interview is available here.