Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters say they feel sympathy for the families of those who were killed in the Newtown shooting. However, that doesn’t stop them from focusing on their main goal: attacking US banks in an attempt to get the Innocence of Muslims movie removed from the Web.
“Originally, we sympathize deeply with families of the schoolchildren victimized by the horrible happening of Sandy Hook Elementary school. It’s very clear that a system which its rulers and capitalists are the owners of weaponry big companies never care about occurrence of these events,” they wrote.
In their latest statement, they highlighted the fact that the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks they launched against the website of several US banks last week were successful, but they have also emphasized the fact that their capabilities allow them to do much more.
“The attacks will be persistent till eliminating injustice and stopping the insults to the prophet of mercy and removing the offensive film, and we are sure that we will reach to our goals,” they said.
They claim that the attacks they will launch this week will be just as “wide” as the ones from the previous week. They will target a number of “5 major banks,” but they haven’t revealed their names.
“The 5 major US banks will be attacked and we subsequently suggest that from now on they prepare their context of sorrowfulness to the customers of banks because of inaccessibility,” they said.
A few hours after the statement was published, the public website of Wells Fargo became inaccessible to some customers.
“We are aware that some folks are having access issues w/ the site. You can also bank at our stores, ATMs & at 800-869-3557,” Wells Fargo representatives wrote on Twitter.
The Hilf-ol-Fozoul blog has managed to document the downtime (see image) by using HyperSpin’s website monitoring services.