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Hacktivism returns to its roots as a cyber warfare tool – The Daily Swig

Hacktivism returns to its roots as a cyber warfare tool  The Daily Swig

Back in hack. THE LONG READ Hacktivism – a topic brought to the fore a decade ago, thanks to the antics of Anonymous and LulzSec – has seemingly been in …

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Suspected spycraft, not hacktivism, swirls around alleged NSA hack

Not even the National Security Agency is immune to carelessness, according to noted leaker Edward Snowden. The agency’s operatives can get lazy, and sometimes they leave behind files inside the servers they’ve hacked.

That could explain how an anonymous group managed to obtain hacking tools that may belong to the NSA. The files are up for auction to the highest bidder, and allegedly include cyber weapons that rival the Stuxnet computer worm.

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On Tuesday, Snowden, a former NSA contractor, tweeted that it isn’t “unprecedented” for cyberspies to try to hack the agency’s malware staging servers.

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“Funded hacktivism” or cyber-terrorists, AmEx attackers have big bankroll

The “cyber-fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam” took American Express down for two hours yesterday afternoon.

On March 28, American Express’ website went offline for at least two hours during a distributed denial of service attack. A group calling itself “the cyber-fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam” claimed responsibility for the attack, which began at about 3:00pm Eastern Time.

In a statement, an American Express spokesperson said, “Our site experienced a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for about two hours on Thursday afternoon…We experienced intermittent slowing on our website that would have disrupted customers’ ability to access their account information. We had a plan in place to defend against a potential attack and have taken steps to minimize ongoing customer impact.”

The American Express DDoS is part of a new wave of attacks started two weeks ago by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam group, which launched a larger campaign targeting US financial institutions that began last September. The group’s alleged goal is to force the take-down of an offensive YouTube video—or extract an ongoing price from American banks as long as the video stays up, which could be indefinitely.

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