01 April 2015

Hacktivists suspend bank DDoS campaign

29 January 2013  |  5258 views  |  0 Hands on Laptop Keyboard

The al-Qassam cyber fighters group says it has suspended its DDoS campaign against US bank Web sites after a copy of a film mocking the prophet Mohammed disappeared from YouTube.

In October the group began temporarily knocking out the Web sites of financial institutions, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, in protest against the appearance online of a trailer for the Innocence of Muslims.

A second wave of attacks began in the run-up to Christmas but the operation has been suspended after a YouTube page featuring the trailer - which had been viewed more than 17 million times - disappeared.

"This is a clear indication of progress and establishment of logic instead of obstinacy. This positive move is a humanitarian effort and in line with paying respect to divine religions which has made billions of people love them; and it's a becoming and proper action," says an al-Qassam statement on Pastebin.

The organisation says it will halt attacks to give the US government and Google time to remove various other copies of the trailer from YouTube.

Comments: (0)

Comment on this story (membership required)
Log in to receive notifications when someone posts a comment

Finextra news in your inbox

For Finextra's free daily newsletter, breaking news flashes and weekly jobs board, sign up now.

Related blogs

Create a blog about this story (membership required)

Related stories

25 January, 2013
23 January, 2013
17 December, 2012
26 October, 2012
19 October, 2012
20 September, 2012
Your browser is unable to support Flash files.

Top topics

Most viewed Most shared
Europe sets the pace as fintech investment...
6393 views comments | 29 tweets | 20 linkedin
UK online banking fraud losses soar 48%
5889 views comments | 16 tweets | 19 linkedin
Future Money Focus: Mariano Belinky, Santa...
5615 views comments | 12 tweets | 12 linkedin
Google preps Gmail bill payment feature
5179 views comments | 15 tweets | 12 linkedin
Barclays and PayPal join Government ID acc...
5005 views comments | 10 tweets | 11 linkedin

Featured job

Competitive
Brussels, Frankfurt am Main or Paris

Find your next job