On the record, security experts talk about the improvements banking institutions have made in DDoS defense, and there's no doubt they have made major improvements. Off the record, they are less optimistic.
DDoS attacks on U.S. banks and credit unions have resumed, just as industry experts predicted. Security specialist Bill Stewart says this wave is yet another sign that institutions must bolster defenses.
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Although hacktivists announced suspension of DDoS attacks against banks, other industries are now getting hit, and banks can't afford to get complacent because of the fraud risk, says security specialist Bill Stewart.
Although a hacktivist group says it has suspended distributed-denial-of-service attacks on U.S. banking institutions, banking and security leaders aren't convinced. "Banks should certainly remain on guard," says Gartner's Avivah Litan.
Hacktivists on Jan. 22 threatened more DDoS attacks against U.S. banks and claimed they recently hit three institutions. Despite banks' improvements in staving off online outages, the longevity of the attacks is concerning, experts say.
Banks have improved DDoS defenses, but ensuring ongoing online reliability requires a more offensive measure - one that rids the Internet of vulnerable sites that can too easily be used for bot traffic.