20 Sep 2012

Islamic Cyber-Attacks Targeting France and `American Capitalists’ Over Sacrilegious Cartoons

Charlie Hebdo Magazine’s website, a French magazine that published a short cartoon mocking the Prophet Mohammad, was taken offline, possibly due to an Islamic hacking group. Bank of America Corp's website suffered intermittent outage on Tuesday amid threats by an Islamic hacker group that promised to take down “American-Zionist Capitalists”.

Charlie Hebdo Magazine’s spokesperson said they received numerous messages and phone calls condemning them for publishing the cartoon, but no explicit threats against their website. French schools and embassies in 20 countries will be closed on Friday and French diplomatic officers in the Muslim world will have increased security, said Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Ministry.

Claiming responsibility, the "cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam" warned Bank of America and the New York Stock Exchange via Pastebin that an attack is imminent. Coincidently, the consumer website of JPMorgan Chase was taken offline on Tuesday.

“United States of America with the help of Zionist Regime made a Sacrilegious movie inssulting all the religions not only Islam,” said the Pastebin message. “All the Muslims worldwide must unify and Stand against the action, Muslims must do whatever is necessary to stop spreading this movie. We will attack them for this insult with all we have.”

Neither the Bank of America nor JPMorgan Chase could identify the type of attack on their websites, although some form of DDoS is presumed to be at work. A Bank of America spokesperson released a statement reassuring customers that proactive measures are taken to ensure full service functionality, regardless ongoing attacks.