Matt Gunn, Managing Editor| TechComply
Multiple reports have emerged indicating mass distributed denial of service attacks have been targeted to coincide with Wednesday’s anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The possible attacks will be aimed at United States and Israel agencies, as well as financial institutions, reports BankInfoSecurity. The same group behind the largely ineffective OpUSA DDoS attacks of May 7 has come forward with the Sept. 11 threats, the report goes on to say:
While OpUSA and OpIsrael, which were designed to take down websites operated by globally recognized brands and governmental agencies, were not successful, cybersecurity experts say the threat this time is genuine. The groups behind these attacks are now more organized, better equipped and trained, and more determined than they were the first time around, they say.
The FBI, however, notes that the attacks are not expected to have a serious or significant impact. “It is thought that due to the fact that hackers will be relying on commercial tools to exploit known vulnerabilities, and not developing custom tools or exploits, that the skill levels are, at best rudimentary, and capable of causing only temporary disruptions of any of the targeted organizations,” the FBI alert states.
A story on Fox Business claims a YouTube video surfaced Sept. 2 threatening the attacks. That video was published in part by three groups: Anonymous, AnonGhost and Fallaga. The movement, going by the names OpIsrael Reborn and OpUSA, is thought to be concentrated on the websites and servers of government agencies, large media companies and financial institutions, such as banks and payment providers.
While the specific threats of a Sept. 11 DDoS attack are vague, and past attempts at widespread denial of service movements have fizzled out, the threat is still real, one cybersecurity expert tells BankTechnology News. Though there isn’t any evidence to say the attackers will succeed, these threats shouldn’t be minimized either.