The “Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters have every hallmark of Anonymous, the amorphous hacker collective that has tripped up everything from governments to banks in recent years,”says Jeb Boone in Global Post.
But, there is a difference, he says:
“The Izz as-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters are fighting for the Muslim world”.
Says the group in a Paste Bin post »»»
“Taking their name from a Syrian preacher that fought against French, British and Zionist elements in the Levant in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the collective has wrapped itself in the rhetoric of anti-imperialism,” says Boone, adding.
“However, the goals of the organization are now limited to removing ‘Innocence of Muslims’ from YouTube. The insults made against the Prophet Mohammed served as a catalyst for uniting the collective.”
How they doing?
On March 28, American Express’ website went offline for at least two hours during a distributed denial of service attack. A group calling itself “the cyber-fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam” claimed responsibility for the attack, which began at about 3:00pm Eastern Time.
In a statement, an American Express spokesperson said, “Our site experienced a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for about two hours on Thursday afternoon…We experienced intermittent slowing on our website that would have disrupted customers’ ability to access their account information. We had a plan in place to defend against a potential attack and have taken steps to minimize ongoing customer impact.”
The American Express DDoS is part of a new wave of attacks started two weeks ago by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam group, which launched a larger campaign targeting US financial institutions that began last September. The group’s alleged goal is to force the take-down of an offensive YouTube video—or extract an ongoing price from American banks as long as the video stays up, which could be indefinitely.
These attacks are also part of a larger trend of disruptive and destructive attacks on financial institutions by apparently politically-motivated groups, the most damaging of which was the attack on South Korean banks and other companies last week. It’s a trend that has surprised some security analysts, considering that the financial industry has focused more on advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks and cyber-espionage in recent years.
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