US Banks Once Again Face Cyber Attacks

Last September, twenty-six US banks were identified as targets of a massive distributed denial of service-based (DDoS-based) cyber attack. The threat remains, say Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, the criminal hackers responsible for the first wave.

In a statement posted on PasteBin, the group lists U.S. Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase&co, Bank of America, PNC Financial Fervices Group, SunTrust Banks, Inc. as possible targets. They blamed "Sandy storm, Presidential Election in the United States, and especially unequal war imposed from Zionist Regime" as reasons by the second wave targets were postponed until now.

The action, as reported in the PasteBin message, is in response for the video "The Innocence of Muslims," which many in the Middle East find offensive. The group is asking that all copies of the film be removed from the Internet and cites several examples where other films have been removed in the recent past.

Arbor Networks noted in a recent blog that "On December 11, 2012, attacks on several of these victims were observed. Some attacks looked similar in construction to Brobot v1, however there is a newly crafted DNS packet attack and a few other attack changes in Brobot v2. These attacks have shown why DDoS continues to be such a popular and effective attack vector. Yes, DDoS can take the form of very large attacks. In fact, some of this week’s attacks have been as large as 60Gbps. What makes these attacks so significant is not their size, but the fact that the attacks are quite focused, part of an ongoing campaign, and like most DDoS attacks quite public. These attacks utilize multiple targets, from network infrastructure to Web applications."