Tunisian Hackers Team Announces ‘Operation USA,” Threatens U.S. with ‘Week of Horror’ Beginning July 5 – Including Cyber Jihad Against U.S. Banks and Airport Computer Systems

July 2, 2014

Introduction

The Tunisian Hackers Team (THT), a Tunisian hackers group, known for its 2013 attempts to attack U.S. banks, including Bancorp, has announced via social media that it will attack U.S. banks and airport computer systems the week beginning July 5, 2014.

This report includes a transcript of a video the group released in April announcing what it calls the “Week of Horror”; posts from its Twitter and Pastebin accounts listing websites it has hacked; and similar threats posted to its Facebook page.

The THT states that its goal is to remove the U.S. military from its “beloved lands of Muhammad.”

April 2014 Video Addressed to President Obama, DHS, FBI, and CIA Threatens Attacks on U.S. Banks In July 2014

In a video posted on the Internet on April 12, 2014, the “Tunisian Hackers Team” threatens to attack the U.S. financial sector and air traffic control in July 2014 unless U.S. forces are withdrawn from Muslim lands. In an address to U.S. President Barack Obama, the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the CIA, the group claims to have carried out cyber-attacks in September 2013 and to have hacked into the Bancorp bank. Following are excerpts:

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Title: “Tunisian_Hackers Team Present #TheWeekOfHorror”

Digital Voice: “Dear President of the United States, dear Department of Homeland Security, dear FBI administration in Washington, dear Central Intelligence Agency – this is the Tunisian Hackers Team.

“We warned you a few months ago, in Operation USA, released by our team, that if you keep ignoring us, we will carry out Operation Week of Horror in July 2014. We promise that it will be more painful than a secret attack by Tunisian Hackers Team members in September 2013 against your financial sector. Today, the first Bancorp Bank has been hacked, and more than 12,000 users are in danger, and more…

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“So we repeat it again: If you don’t declare that you will remove your army from our beloved lands of Muhammad, we will increase the level of our operation. We will attack not only your financial sector, but next time, there will be an attack on your airness [sic]. We will work on gaining control of your airports’ computers – and you know very well that we can do this – and of the electronic sector.

“So we will give you more and more time to think, and reply to us on Twitter via @XhckerTN, or else we will realize our plan. Expect us. We are the cyber boss. We are the Tunisian Hackers Team.”

Tunisian Hackers Team Twitter Account:

The Tunisian Hackers Team Twitter account, @XhckerTN, mentioned in its April video and on its YouTube page, has, as of July 2, 2014, 575 followers and 1,487 tweets. The group has tweeted numerous times about the “Week of Horror” and about its their ability to hack into U.S. government and other sites, such as the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, Homeland Guantanamo, and the State Department.

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Pastebin Account Lists Previous Hack Attacks Worldwide, Including Against U.S. Government

The group’s Pastebin account has, as of July 2, 2014, 30 pastes, 7,705 Pastebin hits, and 20,526 total pastes hits. According to this account, it has targeted several U.S. sites within the past three months, among them the Department of Agriculture and the Central Bureau of Statistics. They list a link to “12 Websites of the U.S. Government Defaced,” most of them state government sites, including those of Roslyn, NY and Riverdale, NJ.

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Pastebin Account Lists U.S. Banks To Be Attacked, States Where And When

On its Pastebin account, THT has posted its targets for the Week of Horror, along with its schedule for the attacks beginning July 5: Day 1, Whitney Bank; Day 2, Union Bank; Day 3, Zions Bank; Day 4, New York Community Bank; Day 5, TCF Bank; Day 6, Prosperity Bank; Day 7, Banner Bank.

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Facebook Account Reiterates Threats against U.S.

The group’s official Facebook page, which, as of July 2, 2014, has 1,765 likes, was created April 10, 2013. The posts on the page reiterate threats against the U.S. to be carried out during the “Week of Horror.”

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