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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)

https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9236325/Hacktivist_group_suspends_bank_attacks

By Jaikumar Vijayan
Computerworld
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 anti-Muslim video.

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 policies.

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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