Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mideast hackers again attacked western banks

Middle Eastern hacker group al Qassam Cyber ​​Fighters in the past few days continued attacks against Western banks and directed its efforts against the new financial institutions of the Western world. Meanwhile, the Western media are increasingly saying that it was too long and powerful cyber organizing this group. Clearly, this group has great resources and good funding, perhaps even at the state level.

American banks since last fall with enviable frequency reported DDoS-attacks on its IT systems by hackers Middle East. Repeatedly hackers could permanently damage the online banking systems of large banks, which angered tens of thousands of customers who were not able to hold or receive payments.

March 5 al Qassam Cyber ​​Fighters reported another cyber-company start by posting on popular resource Pastebin message about the upcoming attack on the nine western banks. According to experts, now al Qassam Cyber ​​Fighters have much more powerful DDoS-channels. If before power DDos-traffic at al Qassam Cyber ​​Fighters rarely exceeds 10 Gbit / s, it now amounts to about 40 Gbit / s.

Carlos Morales, Vice President of Sales at Arbor Networks, said that controlled al Qassam Cyber ​​Fighters power clearly increased, as well as the complexity of the attack. He also noted that al Qassam Cyber ​​Fighters work very systematically and methodically, which is also suggestive of state support: first, the hackers will test their power in relatively small banks, and then attack the larger goal.

According to al Qassam Cyber ​​Fighters, in the list of targets to attack banks are such objects as Bank of America, BB & T, CapitalOne, Citibank, Fifth Third Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase, PNC, UnionBank and US Bank. Morales said that the list includes almost all of the U.S. banking elite and to zaDDoSit it, hackers need very impressive resources and funding.

A few hours ago it became known that the hackers managed to block the work of the website of U.S. bank JP Morgan Chase - the first at a cost of U.S. bank assets. When you try to visit the site, through which the bank carries out services for individuals and legal entities, the message: "Unfortunately, our Web site is temporarily unavailable, but our mobile applications work. Please try again later."

Michael Fusco bank representative said that the bank's web site was made DDoS-attack. According to him, currently the company's specialists are working to resolve the consequences of the attack.

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