Quantcast

Hacktivists Renew Threat to Attack Five Banks

Print
Email
Reprints
Comment
Twitter
LinkedIn
Facebook
Google+
Partner Insights

Hacktivists who claim responsibility for a series of cyberattacks on some of the nation's biggest banks are vowing to continue the offensive.

The al Qassam Cyber Fighters Group, which threatened on Dec. 10 to launch so-called denial of service attacks against JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), U.S. Bank (USB), PNC (PNC) and SunTrust (STI), is pointing to recent attacks on two of them as evidence of its ability to strike again.

Both U.S. Bank and PNC said Thursday their websites had been hit by a torrent of requests that could delay access for some customers.

"The attacks of this week will be as wide as previous week," the group wrote Tuesday in a message posted on Pastebin, a website used by programmers.  "The 5 major US banks will be attacked and we subsequently suggest that from now on they prepare their context of sorrowfulness to the customers of banks because of inaccessibility."

The group has pledged to maintain the assaults, which flood banks' websites, as long as a trailer for "The Innocence of Muslims," an American-made, anti-Muslim film, remains posted on YouTube.

The group also posted the email interview they gave to American Banker last month.

A SunTrust spokesman declined to comment. Spokesmen for the other banks did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

SEE MORE IN

'I Want a Tom O'Brien Action Figure Doll': Comments of the Week

American Banker readers share their views on the most pressing banking topics of the week. Comments are excerpted from reader response sections of AmericanBanker.com articles and from our social media platforms.

(Image: Bloomberg News)

Comments (0)

Be the first to comment on this post using the section below.

Add Your Comments:
Not Registered?
You must be registered to post a comment. Click here to register.
Already registered? Log in here
Please note you must now log in with your email address and password.
Already a subscriber? Log in here
Please note you must now log in with your email address and password.