Monday, April 15, 2013

Tunisian Hacker Group Threatens U.S., Says It Will Target U.S.-Based Airlines, Airport Computer Systems, Financial Institutions


On April 5, 2013, the Tunisian Cyber Army (TCA), a group that previously took responsibility for a series of cyberattacks against various U.S. government agencies and financial institutions, posted on Twitter that it was planning to launch a series of attacks against U.S.-based airlines.

The TCA demanded that the U.S. government declare its willingness to withdraw its military from the Arabian Peninsula, giving it until Friday, April 14 to initiate contact with the group on the matter. Warning that that if no such contact is made it will begin targeting U.S. airport computer system and intensify its attacks against the U.S. financial sector, it cautioned American Muslims against flying on the day the ultimatum expires, April 14, and asked them to stay away from government agencies and to withdraw their money from banks.


The attack that the TCA plans for April 14 is part of the #opBlackSummer campaign that it announced in early March 2013, that aims to target U.S. websites. Other groups, such as the Al-Qaeda Electronic Army, has allegedly also participated in the campaign.



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