“Izz ad-din Al qassam” has become quite notorious over the last few days because of its series of attacks on US financial institutions. Last week, they targeted The Bank of America, The NYSE and Chase bank. Their modus operandi is a DDoS attack, and it speculated that they are being sponsored by the Government of Iran. However, they have denied any such political affiliation. Just like Anonymous and its affiliate hacker groups, they have taken to Pastebin to announce their wins.
Apparently, this is the second week of their operation Ababil, and they explain their operation as:
In the previous announcements, we stated that we will not tolerate insulting exalted character of the prophet of mercy and kindness. Due to the insult, we planned and accomplished a series of cyber operations against the insulting country’s credit and financial centers.
Insult to a prophet is not acceptable especially when it is the Last prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him). So as we promised before, the attack will be continued until the removal of that sacrilegious movie from the Internet.
The hacker group has a “timetable” for this week’s attack, with Wells Fargo, the US Bank and the PNC websites scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively. The “Izz ad-din Al qassam” group has claimed that these attacks will continue until the movie defaming Prophet Muhammad is removed from YouTube. The movie has already resulted in a lot of violence in Syria, and now this cyber-warfare against the US is taking further toll.
You can read this Pastebin paste for the complete declaration.