Last week, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters warned that the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks against US banks would be resumed if all the copies of the Innocence of Muslims movie were not removed from YouTube.
In a statement sent via email to Softpedia, the hackers issued another warning, threatening that “there is not much time remaining.”
The hacktivists, believed by some US officials to be a cover-up for a campaign sponsored by Iran, warn that Operation Ababil will return in full force if immediate action is not taken.
Before temporarily suspending the operation, after the main copy of the controversial film was removed from YouTube by the user that had posted it, Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters had launched attacks against 24 financial institutions from the United States in a single week.
Here is the hackers’ statement in full:
“We had warned formerly in the event that the offensive films wouldn’t remove, we will be forced to resume Operation Ababil.
In spite of this warning, those films are still not removed and even though in entry to all those films there is warning message about seditiousness of this film which will be shown to the users. That is an appreciative action but not enough at all.
It’s reminded that according to the formula that has been confirmed, a bill has been issued indicating that the U.S.A. is still deeply in debt because of the offense. Not removing the film from the Internet is an indication that the U.S.A. has accepted the responsibility for paying the compensation.
We now warn you seriously that remove the copies of the film and don’t make much more trouble for yourselves and online users of the banks, there is not much time remaining.
Martyr Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters”