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Cyber attacks on Wells Fargo

Izz ad-din Al qassam claims responsibility

Threats to cyber-security continue to increase. Just last night, Wells Fargo bank was targeted by hackers and the bank’s sizable online website was unavailable for a long period of time in certain regions and for certain customers. According to the LA Times, Wells Fargo bank has not yet said which accounts, if any, were affected. In addition, the bank was reluctant to admit that it had been hacked initially. 

From the information I have read, it appears as if accounts were not affected, but that many Wells Fargo centers were not able to access their accounts online.  

CNET is reporting that a group angry about the recently-released anti-Islamist YouTube has taken credit for the attacks. The group calls itself "cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam” and is also claiming responsibility for cyber-attacks launched on J.P. Morgan and other banks last week. 

 

The Izz ad-din Al qassam group is serious about continuing the attacks against the banks and has stated its demands:

 

From CNET:

“Izz ad-din Al qassam wrote that the attacks will continue until the video is removed from "the Internet." The group said it will attack different banks for eight hours a day, every day. In a schedule of its attacks, the group wrote that on September 25 it will strike Wells Fargo, on September 26 it will go after U.S. Bank, and on September 27 it will take down PNC Bank.”

The cyber-attacks directed at the Wells Fargo servers were completed by flooding the servers with requests for information; the Wells Fargo servers were overloaded and timed out. The bandwidth used to overload the servers appears to be unprecedented if the reports are correct. 

 

Joseph Lieberman, the chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has stated that he believes that the nation of Iran is directly responsible for the attacks. 

 

The anti-Islamic video has been officially condemned by some member nations at the United Nations in the belief that the video will spread anti-Islamic sentiment throughout the western world. President Barack Obama has also stated that the anti-American sentiment which has increased as a result of the video needs to be quelled and that there needs to be more cooperation between the west and the east.