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“Funded hacktivism” or cyber-terr orists, AmEx attackers have big bankroll
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 2013 02:34:13 -0500 (CDT)
By Sean Gallagher
Mar 30 2013
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
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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