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Hacktivists strike U.S. Bank with volunteer-powered DDoS

Antone Gonsalves | Sept. 28, 2012
U.S. Bank's website was disrupted on Wednesday in a people-powered distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, launched by a group of Islamic hacktivists who have claimed responsibility for similar cyberattacks against four other banks in the U.S.

The use of volunteers launching attacks from their own computers makes it difficult for banks to separate traffic and redirect the DoS requests, Mushtaq said. "There's no way you can distinguish between the benign traffic and this DDoS traffic," Mushtaq said. "It's simply mixed up."

The group claiming to be behind the attacks indicated in the Pastebin post that it was in retaliation for the video trailer denigrating the Prophet Muhammad. The amateurish YouTube video made in the U.S. has sparked violent protests in the Middle East and other regions.


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