RT: Islamic hackers threaten Bank of America and NY Stock Exchange

Published: 19 September, 2012, 21:33
Edited: 20 September, 2012, 11:46

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The Bank of America’s online banking site suffered occasional problems Tuesday after threats on the internet that a cyber-attack would be launched on the bank and other US targets in protest at a film mocking Islam.

A message on pastebin.com claiming to be from ‘cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam’- a reference to the military wing of Hamas- declared that it would attack the Bank of America and the New York Stock Exchange as a first step in a campaign against “American Zionist Capitalists”.

The posting promised to continue aggressive actions until the “erasing of the nasty movie”, which although YouTube has blocked in volatile regions, remains available in other parts of the world.

The film in question, a privately funded short-movie, mocking the Prophet Mohammad, has ignited days of demonstrations.The uproar has left many dead across the Arab world, including Africa, Asia and some Western countries.

A Bank of America spokesman told Reuters that the website had suffered some problems but was available to customers.

But customers contacted by Reuters in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and New York said they couldn’t access the site.

The threat to the New York Stock Exchange has seemingly not materialized as trading continued as normal.

Bill Pennington, chief strategy officer at WhiteHat Security, told the weekly magazine InformationWeek that the problems on the Bank of America website do not necessarily mean they’ve been hacked.

“It’s reasonable to suppose it could be a coincidence,” he said, citing the recent GoDaddy outage, which was an internal technical error for which hackers claimed responsibility.

But he did concede that the website’s problems could also be the result of hackers, saying that hacking was “pretty easy”.

He said that only the perpetrators and possibly the victims [the Bank of America] will ever really know what happened.

Pennington warned that businesses should expect more attacks, “It’s probably going to get worse before it gets better,”he said.

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14 Responses to RT: Islamic hackers threaten Bank of America and NY Stock Exchange

  1. When I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the
    -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with
    the exact same comment. There has to be a way you can remove
    me from that service? Kudos!

    • Jean says:

      Sorry, but somewhere on those emails there is a link for you to do so yourself. I don’t have anything to do with the actual administration of this site. . . . Hugs, ~Jean

  2. DrinkDeep says:

    jeez louise – so get this (stick with me here – it goes positive at the end):
    NBC has an article posted about how “Officials see Iran, not outrage over film, behind cyber attacks on US banks” stating:
    “National security officials told NBC News that the continuing cyber attacks this week that slowed the websites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are being carried out by the government of Iran. One of those sources said the claim by hackers that the attacks were prompted by the online video mocking the Prophet Muhammad is just a cover story.

    “A group of purported hackers in the Middle East has claimed credit for problems at the websites of both banks, citing the online video mocking the founder of Islam. One security source called that statement “a cover” for the Iranian government’s operations.”

    blah blah blah, right? – but one clever commenter (thanks ldo) noted this:
    “I wonder if the Pentagon has changed it’s “first formal cyber strategy” to include Cyber Attacks on financial institutions as “AN ACT OF WAR”:
    The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force.

    The Pentagon’s first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to U.S. nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country’s military.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304563104576355623135782718.html (dated 5/11)

    NEVER EVEN THOUGHT OF THAT ONE! I’m not worried about the Pentagon (as I’m sure there was plenty of help when writing that statement, and NBC sources NSA, not the Pentagon), but what this tells me is that they are floating this as a trial balloon on NBC…in other words, I think they Know they can’t play the usual false flag game this time! yay if I’m right – and if I’m not, well, we’re no worse off than we were, eh? 😉

  3. Jean says:

    Warren, this comment has no place here. Absolutely NONE! Hugs, ~Jean

    • DrinkDeep says:

      Thank you Jean – you can zot my earlier comment as well

      Now, let’s get back on the right track =)

      • amosouldeer says:

        It’s a pity about the insignia displayed herte (thetre and eveywherer), which is generally believed to represent ‘peace’. In fact, the PTW ‘sold’ this sign as such, when in fact it is the inversion (aka Hitler’s treatment of the swastica) of the Rune that represents ‘protection’ – ‘Algiz’. By displaying the ‘peace’ sign, people are actually promoting the opposite of protection and unwittingly fulfilling the global ‘war’ agenda.

        • DrinkDeep says:

          those damn Hollywood set designers, eh? Close your eyes – still a great song 😉

          • amosouldeer says:

            Yeah DrinkDeep, I don’t mind the sets as long as they don’t incorporate subliminal messages – favourite Cabal ploy. That’s the advantage of music & song; you can always shut your eyes to appreciate it, eh? ;o)

  4. Stunned at Sunset says:

    General post,

    So … they were ISLAMIC hackers as opposed to what kind of hacker?

    I smell pork.


    • DrinkDeep says:

      isn’t that a hoot, Stunned? How many times this year has the BofA website gone down for Days? but this time…oooohhh – Hamas!
      I came across some interesting news yesterday – one of the actresses in “the film” is suing to have it removed from Google for various reasons, but one paragraph in the article particularly caught my eye
      “YouTube said it is reviewing the complaint and its lawyers will be in court on Thursday. The site is owned by search giant Google and has blocked users in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Egypt from viewing the “Innocence of Muslims” trailer. It has also blocked the video from being viewed in Indonesia and India because it violates laws in those countries.

      Now when did that happen? I’ve seen several articles stating that youtube refused to remove the video, but no one ever pointed out that it’s been Blocked in all these countries where it’s supposedly causing all the outrage –

      These people would be laughable if they weren’t so destructive


      • Stunned at Sunset says:

        I agree DD! It would appear to be a conscious effort to manage their manufactured bull shit. I mean, double-speak. Aiee! Sorry! I mean propaganda! Ouch! I ment News … yes, yes … that’s what I meant! News! (Jean forgive me!)


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