Three U.S. banks have been targeted by new DDoS attacks that apparently had little impact. As bank defenses improve, some experts say the attackers may shift targets to other industries affecting critical infrastructure.
The old saw of a blind squirrel fortuitously finding an acorn reminds the Atlantic Council's Jason Healey of cyber-assailants from third-rate cyber-power Iran, believed to be behind DDoS attacks on U.S. banks.
Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters' attacks on U.S. banks are back, and strikes waged July 31, without a doubt, prove it, says Akamai's Mike Smith. So why are security experts so puzzled by recent DDoS events?
Distributed-denial-of-service attacks are perfect weapons for cybercriminals and political adversaries, says Prolexic's Scott Hammack, who explains why any organization with an online presence should brace itself for attacks.
Cyberthreats, including distributed-denial-of-service attacks, are growing worldwide. So FS-ISAC is expanding its information sharing efforts internationally to help financial institutions counter the threats, says Bill Nelson, the organization's president.
In defending against distributed-denial-of-service attacks, enterprises must comprehend the motives of the cyber-assailant, Booz Allen Hamilton's Sedar Labarre says. He outlines how organizations should assess their risks.
A distributed-denial-of-service attack in Europe highlights the need for Internet service providers to implement security best practices to prevent future incidents and protect their users, ENISA's Thomas Haeberlen says.