In an interesting turn of events, an Anonymous-affiliated hacker collective has taken credit for the cyberattacks that disrupted several websites owned by HSBC Holdings.
Initially, everyone believed that the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks were launched by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, but hackers part of Fawkes Security have claimed credit for the operation.
“As some of you may be aware HSBC bank suffered several DDoS attacks on the named sites in the past hours. us.hsbc.com, hsbc.co.uk, hsbc.com, hsbc.ca they were all brought down by #FawkesSecurity,” they wrote on Pastebin.
According to the hackers, the proof that they’re responsible for downing the websites is available on their Twitter account.
The tweets they’re referring to indicate the precise time and the domains affected by the attacks. The targets include HSBC sites from France, US, UK and Canada.
While the Twitter posts do show that Fawkes Security hackers may have been implicated in the attack, there is another thing which might indicate that Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters were busy with another attack on Thursday.
Reuters revealed that the website of Ally Financial Inc also experienced some “unusual activity.”
This might mean that Ally Financial is the third and last target of the presumably Iranian hackers for this week and that the attack on HSBS is actually part of a different campaign.