Bots and Denial of Service (DoS) used against banks

 

Did you know that computers often become infected with virus-like programs called “bots” causing “denial of service” incidents on websites? Similar to the large data centers that comprise cloud based computing services, hackers have been creating botnets, large networks of infected computers that can operate collectively to perform malicious tasks. Portions of these networks are leased out to others who use them to launch attacks against web sites, among other things.

The recent bank attacks are examples of what can be done easily with the power of a botnet and nefarious schemes. For more information on the recent incidents, read my quotes from the Cleveland.com article, “KeyCorp, U.S. Bank web sites hit in the latest cyber attack against nation’s largest banks.”

3 thoughts on “Bots and Denial of Service (DoS) used against banks

  1. Sarah,

    Most of the banks are just experiencing slowness but keep your eyes out for any breach messages from them. If these attacks do result in a data breach of your personal information, you might need to take actions to protect your identity. They will send out notifications if this does occur. In this case, you would want to contact your credit reporting services and they will issue new account numbers if those are compromised. If your social was stolen, you can contact the social security administration.

  2. I read the article as well and think it is a must read if you do not know what the term “denial of service” means. Also, if you ever hear that your bank, even in another state, has been infected, you should take the necessary steps to protect yourself!

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