The Rise And Fall Of The Qassam Cyber Fighters: Arab Hacking Group Or Iranian Cyber Front? A Review Of Its First Year Of Activity – September 2012-September 2013

By: Steven Stalinsky, R. Sosnow, and B. Shemaria*

September 18, 2013

Introduction

On September 18, 2012, the Qassam Cyber Fighters (QCF) posted its first message, in both English and Arabic, on its Pastebin page; the message warned the world that it was now targeting U.S. banks for hacking attacks, and would do so in the future as well.

Since its emergence, the group has vowed to continue to carry out cyber attacks against Western targets until YouTube removes the anti-Muslim video “Innocence of Muslims,” stating in its first communiqué: “All the Muslim youths who are active in the Cyber world will attack to American and Zionist bases as much as needed such that they say that they are sorry about that insult.”

To date, the group has issued some 20 statements in broken Arabic and English, all of which can be found on its Pastebin page (pastebin.com/u/QassamCyberFighters). These statements include English- and Arabic-language versions of communiqués; each of the communiques is signed “Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam” and begins, “Dear Muslim youths, Muslim Nations and are noblemen.”

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