Hackers Claim They Messed With BofA Website & NYSE Because Of Anti-Islam Movie

Like most of you, we’ve never seen — nor have any intention of ever seeing — this Innocence of Muslims movie. (Gawker claims to have the full-length script, if you’re more interested than we are.) Regardless, the short film that apparently mocks Islam is upsetting people around the world, some of whom claim to have launched denial of service attacks against Bank of America and the New York Stock Exchange.

Calling themselves the Cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam, someone posted on Pastebin that the group “will attack the Bank of America and New York Stock Exchange for the first step. These Targets are properties of American-Zionist Capitalists. This attack will be started today at 2 pm. GMT. This attack will continue till the Erasing of that nasty movie. Beware this attack can vary in type.”

The letter claims that the “United States of America with the help of Zionist Regime made a Sacrilegious movie insulting all the religions not only Islam. All the Muslims worldwide must unify and Stand against the action, Muslims must do whatever is necessary to stop spreading this movie. We will attack them for this insult with all we have.”

The BofA website experienced a slowdown and intermittent outages, which we assume was only exacerbated by every journalist in the world suddenly checking to see if the site was being affected.

“We are working to ensure full availability,” a bank rep told Reuters, while the NYSE wouldn’t comment.

Of course, the note doesn’t actually mention Innocence of Muslims by name, so perhaps they are talking about Bruce Almighty.