Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters have managed to disrupt the operations of 10 US financial institutions as part of the 7th week of Operation Ababil 2. Their latest targets, according to the Hilf-ol-Fozoul blog, are the websites of Zions Bank, Capital One and, for the first time since the campaign has started, Huntington.Last week they only targeted the websites of three banks. However, this week it appears they’re trying to make up for it.
Besides the systems of Zions, Capital One and Huntington, the hacktivists have targeted PNC, Wells Fargo, Regions, Bank of America, Citibank, Harris Bank and BT&T.
At the time of writing, the sites of these financial institutions appeared to be working properly, except for the one of Huntington, which was still unavailable.
A possible explanation is that the other banks are used to being attacked and have started implementing more efficient security mechanisms. However, since Huntington hasn’t been on the target list of the Cyber Fighters until now, the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks must have caught them off guard.