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Hacktivist group suspends bank attacks
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:08:48 -0600 (CST)
By Jaikumar Vijayan
January 29, 2013
A group claiming responsibility for a string of cyberattacks against several
major U.S. banks over the past four months today said that it has suspended its
campaign in response to YouTube's apparent removal of a controversial
The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters group launched the attacks last October
to protest the posting of a 14-minute trailer of "Innocence of Muslims," a
movie insulting Prophet Muhammed that sparked widespread protests across the
Middle East last year.
At that time, Google removed the video in some countries but let it remain on
YouTube in several other countries because the video did not violate its
The al-Qassam group, which claims to be based in Iran, launched a series of
dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attacks against Wells Fargo , JPMorgan
Chase, Bank of America, CapitalOne, Citibank and more than 20 other banks. The
attacks, which have caused considerable service disruptions to the banks, have
been ongoing since then.
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