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Islamic Hacker Group Resumes Attacks On Banks 306

Posted by timothy
from the washing-your-mouth-out-with-soap dept.
tsamsoniw writes "PNC, Bank of America, SunTrust, and other major financial institutions have experienced a wave of DDoS attacks and site outages over the past couple of days, and Islamic extremist hacker group Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters is claiming responsibility. The group, which launched similar attacks earlier this year, reiterated its demands: that a controversial YouTube video mocking the prophet Mohammed "be eliminated from the Internet.""
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Islamic Hacker Group Resumes Attacks On Banks

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  • Its becoming clear (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @05:56PM (#42280389)

    Religion is a disease of the mind, its victims need treatment, not mocking or pity or hate

  • Misdirected anger? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:03PM (#42280487)

    The group ... reiterated its demands: that a controversial YouTube video mocking the prophet Mohammed "be eliminated from the Internet."

    And these idiots think the banks are responsible and/or control the Internet and its content? - sigh

  • Re:Someone tell me (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thoughtlover (83833) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:09PM (#42280603)
    The real question is, why do these hackers think the banks are responsible for this video or have any way to even take it down --from the internet, much less. Yeah, good luck with that --right, reputation.com? And why does everyone call this a 'YouTube video', as if Google had something to do with funding its production? Does YouTube have a DDoS problem from this group, too?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:14PM (#42280689)

    Religion is a disease of the mind, its victims need treatment, not mocking or pity or hate

    But the mocking is so much fun!

  • by HexaByte (817350) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:16PM (#42280731)

    How about we just eliminate all of the Prophet Mohammed's followers from the face of the earth?

    Maybe the banks should tell them if they don't stop the they'll retaliate by bombing Mecca with pigs.

    I've really had enough of these shit-heads.

  • Re:Someone tell me (Score:5, Insightful)

    by operagost (62405) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:22PM (#42280847) Homepage Journal
    Because these terrorists are ignoramuses from countries where control of everything is centralized in a dictator or a theocracy, so naturally they can't comprehend of a liberal democracy where this might not be the case.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:24PM (#42280885)

    Are you sure these idiots are not psyop officers doing things in their enemy name so that people get angry with them. Googling their name at once results to the conflict area Israel/Palestine. And currently the Israel is getting very negative feedback while the palestinians are getting positive. If palestinians would also get some negative feedback it would even out the odds a little.

    Take everything with a big spoon of salt when it concerns this region and everything that comes from there. Israel has even special forces that look, act, and speak like palestinians and can not be differentiated. So it isnt such a far fetched idea that they would target the rest of the world with psyops I cant think of any country that doesnt have psyops or use it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:27PM (#42280937)

    > Religion is a disease of the mind, its victims need treatment

    It is not just religion, it is any kind of "us vs them" tribalism.

  • by Merk42 (1906718) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:31PM (#42281005)
    So... making ignorant threats against an entire culture is okay when you do it?
  • Re:Someone tell me (Score:3, Insightful)

    by high_rolla (1068540) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @06:33PM (#42281021) Homepage

    My guess is that they feel if they can disrupt the services of banks it will in turn disrupt the functioning of many organisations that rely on those banks for financial services. This would have a negative effect on the economy as a whole (which is already in bad shape) and possibly get the attention of the government to do something to stop it.

    Now, I don't feel this is actually going to work like that but that is my best guess at what they were attempting.

    Or maybe they figured a lot of banks higher ups are friends with politicians whom they could go crying to to make it stop.

  • Re:Someone tell me (Score:4, Insightful)

    by thoughtlover (83833) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @07:26PM (#42281795)
    Sorry bud, they know exactly what they want to destroy. Freedom. Because they don't have it. I still don't understand that tack, but they aren't 'ignoramuses'. How are they suddenly put down when they are 'fighting the power' when they DDoS a Western bank, yet vaulted to glory when they are savvy users of social media to coordinate the Arab Spring --or when they make a homemade tank that's controlled with a Playstation controller? Really, you frighten me with that blanket-statement regarding Arabs' mentality who reside in countries with a dictator or theocratic state. Most of them are still not free [wikipedia.org]. The fact you're modded 4, Insightful makes me wary of the lot who gave you such a score, too. Especially when today's headlines [slashdot.org] on Slashdot read as such.
  • by TheMiddleRoad (1153113) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @07:32PM (#42281871)

    Well, yes. The Islamists are actively trying to kill the Israelis, and more specifically the Jews. That justifies self-defense, does it not? Truth be told, the Palestinians in Israel get better treatment than most Arabs in other countries. They only complain because of the Jews.

  • by SplashMyBandit (1543257) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @08:28PM (#42282531)

    It is not just religion, it is any kind of "us vs them" tribalism.

    Just remember the "us vs them" is not always the result of tribalism. In this case the "them" are muslim political fundamentalists that will accept no other system in the globe except the Caliphate and Sharia. If you would rather keep your freedoms and the principles of the Englightenment then you fall into the "us" group. These are not "tribes" in the nationalistic sense (which perhaps was what you meant) - it is a fundamental battle of civilizations between those that seek to embrace all cultures, or those that believe that God commands that impose a particular political system be imposed around the globe (and which cannot be questioned). Islam is not alone in this singular view, it just happens to be the most active in it at the moment and is growing more and more active.

  • Re:Someone tell me (Score:4, Insightful)

    by SplashMyBandit (1543257) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @08:36PM (#42282635)

    so naturally they can't comprehend of a liberal democracy where this might not be the case.

    Wrong. They understand what liberal democracy it. It is just they reject it utterly because they believe they are commanded by God to do so (according to their teachings). Similarly, parts of the political classes in the West are starting to utterly reject the notions of the political Islamists, since it seeks to eventually replace all other systems. Please don't confuse each 'side' with not comprehending each other's point of view. Both positions are pretty well understood. It is just that each side rejects the other. Note, however, that liberal democracy can tolerate aspects of the religious myths of Islam (eg. Muslim Israelis are tolerated, even in the IDF, for example). What liberal democracy rejects is the political system of Islam and the tyrrany of some parts of the religion [eg. poor treatment of women, the non-egalitarian concept of dhimmitude, the inability to question the clerics etc]).

  • by SplashMyBandit (1543257) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @08:46PM (#42282701)

    Um, the "Innocence of Muslims" video was created by a Coptic (Egyptian Christian) to point out bad aspects of Mohammed (eg. marrying a 6 year old and ) and Islam. The video has terrible production values and is completely insensitive, but I think the core concepts actually come from the Qur'an itself.

    The video was intended to show hypocracy, highlight the nastier aspects of the Qur'an, and show inflame Muslims (who are insensitive and increasingly violent to Copts). The real problem is not the video, it is: the oversensitivity of Muslims to any criticism, eg. they immediately turn to violence; and the craven cowardice of supposedly free societies who do not stand up for free speech and instead appease the violent who are clearly breaking local laws. This may sound harsh, but free speech requires the right to offend, even with a dumb and insulting (but scripturally accurate, AFAIK) video. Ignoring violent acts because of a video is not what the police should be doing - but they are currently cowed. How is this healthy in the long term?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @09:11PM (#42282927)

    Because Islam extremists represent all religious minded folks.

    What's that nerds are usually so adamant about? Something about not painting everyone with one brush?

  • by milkmage (795746) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @09:57PM (#42283297)

    religion is something people came up with to explain the unexplained. once we can explain stuff we're much better off (or at least feel more comfortable about it). think about the weird shit that's happened in the past.. all because we just "didn't know"

    we don't have witch hunts any more - because we can explain a lot of things which were construed as witchcraft at one time.
    we don't sacrifice humans anymore because that's not really going to appease the gods and grant us a bountiful harvest the next season.
    we don't name constellations anymore because we figured out.. they're just stars. ...discovering things using science is awesome, but as you said, religion will always be around because science can't explain things what really happens to our consciousness after we die.

  • by shutdown -p now (807394) on Friday December 14, 2012 @12:32AM (#42284135) Journal

    They do represent all fundamentalist religious minded folks.

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