Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters

izzAnonymous isn’t the only group  angered by banking and other  world financial institutions.

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 »»»

As we have said earlier, the Operation Ababil is performed because of widespread and organized offends to Islamic spirituals and holy issues, especially the great prophet of Islam(PBUH); and if the offended film is eliminated from the Internet, the related attacks will also be stopped.
Those who are our announcements’ main addressing party, should know that we Muslims youth who are running this job won’t be entrapped by their propaganda and only when the insulting movies are removed from the Internet we will stop this work. Those who create fake assumptions about us using their weak analysis also show that they are completely unfamiliar with this cyber environment.
While running the phase 2 of Operation, a main copy of the insulting film was removed from YouTube and that caused the phase 2 to be suspended. al-Qassam cyber fighters measured this act positively and a bit sign of rationalism in the U.S. government and for this reason suspended the operation for one month. That also was an opportunity for U.S. government to think more about the topic and remove other copies of the film as well.
Now at the end of one month time it is seen that other copies of the film yet exist in YouTube so we announce the Phase 3 of Operation Ababil will start this week.
During runnnig Operation Ababil Phase 3, like previous phases, a number of american banks will be hit by denial of service attacks three days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during working hours.
Based on the formula which is approved for paying, the united states must still pay because of the insult:
We know that they have marked to examine the sensitivity and zeal of the Muslims and now they seriously observe the consequences of this experiment.

 

“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?

Here’s  in Ars Technica »»»

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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