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Cyberterrorists Claim Credit for BoA Outage

Online post links Islamic group to banking website's failure, threatens NYSE


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

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 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

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