Man with computer 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter)
Internet hackers using the name of Hamas’s armed wing, Izzadin Kassam, launched
a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the website of American Express
last week, the Infosecurity website reported.
The attack managed to knock
the website offline for a few hours, the report said, adding that the hackers
had cited the anti-Islamic video The Innocence of Muslims as their
In DDOS attacks, many computers infected by a Trojan horse
are directed to visit Internet sites selected by the attacker as a target. If
enough requests are directed at a server, it will crash
According to Infosecurity, the hacking group “has long been
tied to Iran by the US officials,” adding that the hackers themselves have vowed
to continue cyber attacks until the film is removed from YouTube.
hackers reportedly previously issued warnings to target American banks.
network security expert from the Arbor Networks’ company, Dan Holden, was cited
by the technology website Ars Technica as saying that that the Izzadin Kassam
group “has to be funded at some level,” even if the hackers are not directly
working for a government.
The Innocence of Muslims video sparked violent
protests in Muslim countries after it was translated into Arabic in September
2012, months after it was first uploaded to Youtube. It has since been blocked
in Egypt, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim states.