The hacking group Anonymous had reportedly targeted 130 banks and credit unions for a disruptive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Tuesday, May 7th, but the attack failed to substantially materialize. In a DDoS attack, large numbers of computers, remotely controlled by hackers as a BotNet, flood the websites of particular businesses or governmental agencies and shut them down because the websites are unable to handle the huge number of hits on the website. Tuesday’s attack pretty much failed to materialize. Although approximately 600 sites were shut down, few of these were inside the United States and if such an attack was indeed made against American governmental agencies, banks and credit unions, the attack was successfully defended. But this is not to say that business and government have found a way to stop hacking into their computers. In fact, the attack may not have occurred at all. It may have merely been a subterfuge to see what the response would be by governmental agencies and businesses. Additionally, although DDoS attacks are a nuisance, they are rarely more than that, however, larger more insidious attacks may occur while efforts are being focused against repelling the DDoS attack.
Large and small businesses are and will continue to be targets for hackers. If you operate such a business you must take necessary security steps to protect your business from hackers. As for we, the public, we should do what we can to protect ourselves. Limit the information available about you at companies with which you do business so if they are hacked, you are not in danger of having your personal information used to make you a victim of identity theft. Also make sure that you have backup records for all financial dealings and accounts that you have with companies with which you do business so that if an attack either accesses your account or deletes data, you have records that show what you have. For more information about how to protect yourself, I urge you to consider purchasing my book “50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age” which you can get from Amazon at a reduced price merely by clicking on the link of the book on the right hand side of the front page of Scamicide.