In a recent Pastebin post, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, who have been launching DDoS attacks against U.S. banks for several months now, claimed that one version of the offensive video "Innocence of Muslims" had been removed from YouTube, and that they would therefore be suspending their attacks.
"Several others versions of the clip still are available, but the hacktivists seem satisfied by one of them being taken down," notes SC Magazine's Danielle Walker.
"The al-Qassam cyber fighters lauds this positive measure of YouTube and on this basis suspends his operation and plans to give a time to Google and U.S. government to remove the other copies of film as well," the hackers wrote. "During the suspension of Operation Ababil, no attack to U.S. banks would take place by al-Qassam cyber fighters."
"Operation Ababil is the name the previously unknown group has given to its bank attacks, which began in September," writes TechNewsDaily's Paul Wagenseil. "The group says its sole aim is to get YouTube to take down all instances of the 'Innocence of Muslims' movie and movie trailer."
"Earlier this month, US intelligence types told news reporters that the Iranian government was behind the 'sophisticated' attacks," writes The Register's John Leyden. "But information security experts said the theory was unsubstantiated by any technical evidence and probably just hawkish sabre-rattling. The attacks involved hijacking thousands of compromised servers, rather than using a botnet of compromised home PCs, and generating huge volumes of traffic, reaching peaks of 75Gbps at times."