Several prominent multinational banks suffered website and online banking service disruptions over the previous two weeks as the result of focused and highly sophisticated cyber attacks. Apparently led by Middle-Eastern “Hackivists” groups in response to the “Innocence of Muslims” YouTube video controversy, researchers have indicated that unlike attacks seen in previous years, this series of attacks were well planned, highly organized and of sufficient force to have even taken down hardened and secure telecom companies who are well-versed in handling the Denial of Service attacks that are typically experienced. In these most recent attacks, the hacktivists used zombified user PC’s as well as thousands of compromised webservers to shut down bank websites for hours, and sometimes days at a time.
What this means for you:
Zombified PC’s are no good to their handlers if they are detected and sanitized before they can be “rented” out, and as such, the most effective malware infection is often one that exists quietly on your technology until it is called into service. Obviously, this could result in your computers or servers, previously well-behaved and performing normally, suddenly acting up and running slowly, usually at the most inconvenient time for you and your business. Always make sure your anti-malware software is installed, updated and working properly.
Keep in mind that it’s even possible for website engines to become compromised and used as a zombie. Unless you tend to your site regularly, it’s possible for it to become compromised without you even noticing – that is until a customer visits your website, notices something wrong, and takes the time to report it to you instead of moving on to something else. Not sure if your computers or servers are secure? Give C2 a call and let us put your mind (and business) at ease!
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