More Banks Come Under Denial-of-Service Attack

Oct 13, 2012 Full story: CNet News

Capital One and SunTrust came under attack this week using denial-of-service techniques that are evading defenses meant to blunt such attacks.

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#2 Oct 15, 2012
Capitol One and SunTrust Banks have become the latest targets of hackers who have leveled attacks at U.S. financial institutions in alleged retaliation for the posting of a movie on YouTube that has offended some Muslims.

On Oct. 8, a group calling itself the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters posted a message on Pastebin stating that Capital One, SunTrust Banks and Regions Financial would each suffer an eight-hour attack starting with Capital One the next day. Even with the advanced warning, the financial institutions suffered outages, with Capital One's site frequently inaccessible during the eight-hour period.

"Some Capital One customers experienced intermittent online access due to a large volume of traffic going to the Website and servers," the bank said in a statement posted to its Web site. "Other banks have experienced similar issues in recent weeks due to targeted efforts designed to flood online systems, also known as a distributed denial-of-service attack.

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