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Hackers, Angered by "Sacrilegious Movie," Target Bank of America and NYSE

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A group of hackers calling themselves Izz ad-din Al qassam have claimed responsibility for taking down Bank of America's website today about 10am EST.

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Their reason for action? Displeasure with an anti-Islam film—which, though they never directly mention it by name, it seems safe to assume is the inflammatory headline-grabber Innocence of Muslims.

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In a post published to Pastebin today by QassamCyberFighters, the group warned: "We, Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam will attack the Bank of America and New York Stock Exchange for the first step. These Targets are properties of American-Zionist Capitalists. This attack will be started today at 2 pm. GMT. This attack will continue till the Erasing of that nasty movie. Beware this attack can vary in type."

Below is the full text of the letter (emphasis added):

In the name of Allah the companionate the merciful
My soul is devoted to you Dear Prophet of Allah

Dear Muslim youths, Muslims Nations and are noblemen

When Arab nations rose against their corrupt regimes (those who support Zionist regime) at the other hand when, Crucify infidels are terrified and they are no more supporting human rights. United States of America with the help of Zionist Regime made a Sacrilegious movie insulting all the religions not only Islam.

All the Muslims worldwide must unify and Stand against the action, Muslims must do whatever is necessary to stop spreading this movie. We will attack them for this insult with all we have.

All the Muslim youths who are active in the Cyber world will attack to American and Zionist Web bases as much as needed such that they say that they are sorry about that insult.

We, Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam will attack the Bank of America and New York Stock Exchange for the first step. These Targets are properties of American-Zionist Capitalists. This attack will be started today at 2 pm. GMT. This attack will continue till the Erasing of that nasty movie. Beware this attack can vary in type.

Down with modern infidels.

Allah is the Greatest. Allah is the Greatest.

Can we just agree that, if you're publishing your hacker manifesto on Pastebin, we're all modern here? Infidels, on the other hand, is a strong label to throw around. [Reuters via TheConsumerist]

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This is entirely ridiculous. What does the Bank of America have to do with this movie? Absolutely nothing. This is another lame excuse for deranged idiots to attack America.