Thursday, April 4, 2013

I Told You So

Big banks like PNC, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America have experienced approximately 250 hours of disrupted on-line service in six weeks, according to NBC News.

A bank security analyst with the Gartner Consulting Group indicated the attacks have been almost non-stop for seven months and he claims the attackers could be inflicting more serious disruptions and frustrating more bank customers and security teams if they wanted to.

A group called Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters has taken credit for the bank attacks, but it isn't clear why.

On the one hand, it could be the work of teenage hackers, on the other it could be practice for a bigger and more devastating attack on U.S. business and government.

Rodney Joffe, a senior technologist at Internet infrastructure company Neustar had warned banks last fall to prepare a sincere-sounding apology and have it ready for the anticipated interruptions.  And in recent weeks American Express and Wells Fargo issued statements explaining that delays in service were the result of outside attacks on their websites.

For the time being there is speculation that the perpetrators are just causing enough trouble to make a point and at any time they could bring websites crashing to a halt.

We are not the only voice in the wilderness calling on businesses and organizations of all kinds to prepare a crisis plan to maintain basic operations if/when their primary computer systems are trashed.

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