The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters published a new message on their Pastebin profile , warning of a new round of cyber attacks against U.S. financial institutions, beginning this week.
In September and October, al-Qassam launched widespread distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against numerous banking websites.
A Bank of America spokesperson told that the bank is "aware of the reports of possible cyber attacks and [is] monitoring [its] systems, which are fully operational.".
Hacker said in new warning note ,"After stopping one month attack of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Group to American banks, today, this group has announced a new cycle of attacks, via an Email which has been sent to us, and has acclaimed that its aim is to compensate guilty offends to holy Prophet of Islam, Mohammad(PBUH). Also, in internet conversations earlier, this group had been stated that these attacks won’t stopped and even in new announcements, it’s been marked that there will be so much stronger attacks in the days ahead."
This phase two of DDOS attack serious named as "Operation Ababil" . Note describe, "the second phase of the Ababil operation is in ahead and from this week according to the announced plan, will be performed. In new phase, the wideness and the number of attacks will increase explicitly; and offenders and subsequently their governmental supporters will not be able to imagine and forecast the widespread and greatness of these attacks."
"They didn't pay any attention to the extensive complaints made by Muslims against this offend and also did not take in to account their damaged feelings and behave with them so rudely. We know that they only marked the sensitivity and honor of the Muslims and examine it and now they really observe the consequences of this experiment so strongly."
While the perpetrators behind the al-Qassam attacks have yet to be identified, the name is a reference to the armed wing of Hamas, although the entire group employs militaristic means and terrorist attacks. U.S. officials have said they believe the attacks are state-sponsored by Iran, but the cyber attackers still insist they are not working for any government.
2012-10-30T10:14:00-11:00Tuesday, October 30, 2012 Mohit Kumar
An obscure group identifying itself as the Izz ad-din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters claimed responsibility for the first wave of attacks as retaliation for the amateurish Innocence of Muslims film that mocked the Islamic prophet Mohammed and sparked protests throughout the Middle East.
Who’s really responsible for a recent series of cyberattacks on American banks? A few days back US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Iran is responsible for cyberattacks launched against Saudi Aramco and RasGas and US banks. While Panetta did not directly link Iran to the Persian Gulf attacks, he later noted that Iran has "undertaken a concerted effort to use cyberspace to its advantage."
Today, Iran’s defense minister said, The United States is the source of cyber terrorism. "and intends to pave the way for increasing its activities in relation to cyber terrorism through diverting attention and leveling accusation,” Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi.
The Iranian defense minister also said that the Zionist regime is another “blatant example of cyber terrorism.”
Addressing a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday, Jalali said his organization aims to harness and reduce threats against Iran, "so, threats determine the direction of our movement". Over the past few years Iran had been the target of numerous cyber attacks, which had been carried out to disrupt the country's industrial systems, but Iranian experts had been able to successfully monitor and counter the threats.
2012-10-21T01:48:00-11:00Sunday, October 21, 2012 Mohit Kumar
One of Anonymous hacker groups "FawkesSecurity" who claim responsibility for a DDOS cyber attack on HSBC Bank says that they also manage to get 20,000 debit card details.
When HSBC said, "This denial-of-service attack did not affect any customer data, but did prevent customers using HSBC online services, including Internet banking.", Anonymous tweeted on Friday. “We also managed to log 20,000 debit card details.”
On asking, is there any proof of this claim , they replied ,“ We're debating whether to release them or not, HSBC knows debit details were intercepted, They probz won't admit it tho,”.
On the other hand, A group that calls itself Izz ad-Din Al Qassam , which has claimed responsibility for recent cyberattacks on at least nine other banks, also took responsibility for the assault on HSBC.
Who ever the real hitman behind this, but according to hacker's warnings - RBS, Lloyds TSB and Barclays Banks are next targets. In a YouTube video the group said it was holding back on its reason for the attack.
2012-10-19T06:53:00-11:00Friday, October 19, 2012 Mohit Kumar
The multinational bank HSBC has blamed a denial of service attack for the downtime of many of its websites worldwide on Thursday night and the Anonymous group has been quick to take credit.
"Banks are the sole cause of our current worldwide economic problems. They deserve to get hit. RBS, Lloyds TSB and Barclays are next," FawkesSecurity said.
"This denial-of-service attack did not affect any customer data, but did prevent customers using HSBC online services, including Internet banking. We are taking appropriate action, working hard to restore service. We are pleased to say that some sites are now back up and running. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities and will cooperate with other organizations that have been similarly affected by such criminal acts." HSBC said.
The timing of the group's Twitter postings lends credence to its claims, but Twitter users claiming to be Anonymous members have falsely claimed responsibility for attacks before. It is also possible that HSBC was targeted by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters as part of a current campaign to get the controversial Innocence of Muslims video removed from YouTube.
Darren Anstee, EMEA solutions architect team lead at Arbor Networks, said: “Recent attacks have used what we call multi-vector attacks, attacks which utilise a combination of volumetric, and application layer attack vectors. What we are seeing here are TCP, UDP and ICMP packet floods combined HTTP, HTTPS and DNS application layer attacks. Attackers are doing this because they know it makes the attacks more difficult to deal with, but not impossible if we have the right services and solutions in place."
2012-10-11T10:51:00-11:00Thursday, October 11, 2012 Mohit Kumar
As warned by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters They launched another distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack against the website of Regions Financial Corp (regions.com) and SunTrust. The computer attacks burden the bank websites with heavy traffic volume that causes slow service for the sites or makes them completely unavailable.
In a Pastebin post dated Oct. 8, the hacktivist group announced the planned Oct. 9 attack against Capital One, the Oct. 10 attack against SunTrust and an Oct. 11 takedown date for Regions Financial Corp and THEY DID IT.
SunTrust ( suntrust.com ) spokesman Michael McCoy confirmed SunTrust's site had been hit by an uptick in traffic. "We have seen increased online traffic today and experienced intermittent service availability of some online functions," he said.
A couple of days ago, Regions representatives told Fox Business that the organization was aware of the threats. At the time, they claimed they were “taking every measure” to protect the company and customers.
All these attacks on US Banks are in response to a video uploaded to YouTube ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad and offending some Muslims.
That unknown motivation also makes fighting these DDoS attacks challenging, Pascual says, although banks are likely improving their defensive techniques.
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2012-10-09T10:08:00-11:00Tuesday, October 09, 2012 Mohit Kumar
The so-called “Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters” posted a specific timetable for its attack program on PasteBin.com, a website commonly used by hackers to brag about exploits. Izz ad-Din al-Qassam also threatened to pursue more cyber attacks next week and has long said it will not stop until the video is removed from the Internet.
American banks will reportedly face a massive cyberattack in coming weeks. A Russian-speaking hacker is organizing a massive trojan attack based around fraudulent wire transfers--and American banks appear to be at the center of the raid.
In the past, such attacks have sometimes caused websites to slow to a crawl or become inaccessible for some users; however, the impact cannot be gauged in advance. The same group has taken credit for attacks on Bank of America , J.P. Morgan Chase and the NYSE Euronext in recent weeks.
Security professionals investigating the recent cyber attacks against the U.S. financial sector said last week that they discovered the tools at the heart of the attacks are more complex than previously thought and that a variant of the malware has been found in labs in Saudi Arabia. It’s not clear whether this means the malware used against U.S. banks came from Saudi Arabia or just ended up there coincidentally.