As customers took to Twitter to deride the prolonged outage of Bank of America‘s (NYSE:BAC) online banking website yesterday, a group claiming to be the cyber division of Hamas took credit for the downed site on Pastebin.com.
The post, allegedly written by the “Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam,” cites “The Innocence of Muslims” as its motivation for the attack. The controversial low-budget film was implicated in protests against U.S. embassies earlier this month. The group also threatened to carry out an as-of-yet unexecuted cyberattack on the New York Stock Exchange, as part of its campaign against “America-Zionist capitalists.”
The Pastebin posting should not be taken at face value, however. Outages of GoDaddy.com and Twitter earlier this year, originally self-attributed to various hacker groups, later turned out to be technical issues.
WhiteHat Security chief strategy officer Bill Pennington told InformationWeek in an interview that “it’s reasonable to believe [the outage] could be coincidence.” However, he noted that it would not be difficult to bring down the website with a denial-of-service attack.
– Ryan Hauck, InvestorPlace