Posts Tagged ‘Izz ad-Din al-Qassam’

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Money jihad news: recommended reading

October 3, 2013
  • Cooking the books to cook up a plot? A KMPG accountant who confessed to funding Al Qaeda is sentenced to 18 years in prison… more>>
  • Granting recognition to the “State of Palestine” is more than symbolic; it allows for smuggling contraband into the Palestinian territories under diplomatic cover… more>>
  • While volunteering in a Jerusalem dental clinic, Dr. Wise was severely wounded by three bombs set by Hamas. She’s suing Iran for damages in the first of what will be many new lawsuits filed by Canadian victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism… more>>
  • One year after the cyber-attacks against our banks by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, the time has come for your business to brace itself toomore>>
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Attacks on banks resume

March 12, 2013

Despite the track record of the 60-year Arab League economic embargo of Israel, and despite the Arab oil embargo of the 1970s, some Islamic scholars have said that Islam does not permit economic warfare against infidels.

Yet when it comes to infidel banks that charge interest—a concept forbidden in Islam—many Islamists agree that banks are legitimate targets for robbery or attack, especially if the result of the action will ultimately benefit Islam.  Islamists also rationalize their assaults on Western financial institutions because they believe the banks are “controlled” by Jews.

Is it any wonder then that we’re now seeing a third wave of attacks by Islamist hackers against American financial institutions that began last fall.  From the Global Post on Mar. 7:

Muslim hackers target US banks in third round of cyberattacks

In the third round of what they’re calling Operation Ababil, Muslim hackers belonging to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters are attacking US bank websites and demanding that more copies of the “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video be removed.

Muslim hackers in the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters launched the third phase of their Operation Ababil campaign against US-based banks on Wednesday, making further demands that the YouTube video “Innocence of Muslims” be removed from the web.

Known to many as the Muslim world’s Anonymous, Izz ad-Din issued an ultimatum on Tuesday that their distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against American banking institutions would continue unless insults against the Prophet Mohammed were removed from YouTube.

“During runnnig [sic] Operation Ababil Phase 3, like previous phases, a number of american [sic] banks will be hit by denial of service attacks three days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during working hours,” read the group’s latest statement.

Outages have been reported by customers of Bank of America, Capital One, Citibank, PNC Bank, Union Bank and Wells Fargo, according to Site Down, a website that tracks reported online outages. However, no banks have reported experiencing any issues with their online services.

“At this point, we’ve had no issues on our end,” Bank of America spokesman Mark T. Pipitone told Information Week Wednesday.

Unlike Anonymous, the Izz ad-Din Cyber Fighters seem to abide by strict, self-imposed regulations. During phase two of Operation Ababil, YouTube removed the original version of “Innocence of Muslims” from the site — as promised, the hacker collective ceased attacks once their demands were met.

But new copies of the video have reappeared on YouTube, and the Izz ad-Din Cyber Fighters say they will not tolerate more insults levied against Prophet Mohammed.

“Now at the end of one month time it is seen that other copies of the film yet exist in YouTube so we announce the Phase 3 of Operation Ababil will start this week,” read the group’s statement.

For phase three, Izz ad-Din is using a complex calculation to issue banks an exact dollar amount each will lose in the attacks. Using a combination of the video’s traffic statistics, Izz ad-Din determined that US Banks should pay $874.7 million in compensation.

A loss at that levels requires about 11 weeks of DDoS attacks.

Taking their name from a Syrian preacher that fought against French, British and Zionist elements in the Levant in the 1920s and 1930s, the collective has wrapped itself in the rhetoric of anti-imperialism.

However, the goals of the organization are now limited to removing “Innocence of Muslims” from YouTube. The insults made against Prophet Mohammed served as a catalyst for uniting the collective.

The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters collective is the first hacker group that acts in defense of Islam.

Since the founding of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam collective, several other Muslim hacker groups rose to prominence in attacks carried out against Israeli domains during the Israeli Defense Forces’ assault on Gaza late last year. Muslim hackers from Algeria, Morocco and Pakistan, among others, carried out DDoS attacks and defacement of Israeli domains during the cyberattack campaign.

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Cyber-terrorists target bank software next

February 11, 2013

After attacking banks’ websites last fall, hackers “may graduate from crude DDoS attacks to more sophisticated ones that secretly penetrate banks’ systems and then steal or delete data,” reports The Economist.

Furthermore, “If 20,000 machines started hammering British payment gateways on the last weekend before Christmas, people wouldn’t be able to shop except with cash,” warns an information technology security professor quoted in the article.  This is the second prediction or warning we have heard about potential cyber-attacks on financial targets during 2013 holiday season.

Read the full article—“War on terabytes”—here.

Banks have spent centuries perfecting physical security through alarm systems, tamper-proof vaults, armed guards, armored trucks, but they have a lot of catching up to do to guard their networks against the economic warfare being waged by overseas hackers.

Many experts and government officials blame last fall’s digital attacks (depicted in the excellent RivalHost infographic below) on Iran.  That hasn’t been proved yet, but longtime readers may recall that Iranian leaders declared 2011 as “The Year of Economic Jihad,” and that Ahmadinejad said “that economic jihad should be realized in every aspect of all Iranian’s lives.”

http://blog.rivalhost.com/izz-ad-din-al-qassam-cyber-fighters-ddos-attacks/