Denial of service elves Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters issued a new statement Tuesday and apparently renewed DDoS attacks on American bank websites.
In a brief Pastebin post the hackers–who claim they are mainly motivated by outrage over the anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims–acknowledged the horrific school shootings that took place in Newtown Connecticut on December 14th, but re-committed to their efforts against U.S. financial institutions:
Originally, we sympathize deeply with families of the schoolchildren victimized by the horrible happening of Sandy Hook Elementary school. It’s very clear that a system which its rulers and capitalists are the owners of weaponry big companies never care about occurrence of these events. The past week’s attacks, showed our ability in doing wideness attacks so efficiently and of course this is not all of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam’s ability. The attacks will be persistent till eliminating injustice and stopping the insults to the prophet of mercy and removing the offensive film, and we are sure that we will reach to our goals.
Based on reports made to Sitedown.co of website outages, the al-Qassam Cyber Fighters have been true to their word. By 5:45 p.m. ET on Tuesday over 400 users had reported an outage at WellsFargo.com since 9:15 a.m. Other banks reporting outages Tuesday included Bank of America and Chase, but Wells Fargo seemed hardest hit.
The cyber-attackers also promised that this week’s attacks “will be as wide as previous week” and that customers of the “5 major US banks” should prepare for more “sorrow” and “inaccessibility.”