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No News Is Good News For Cus On Anonymous May 7 Hit List

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:36 AM
From Credit Union Times
The hackers group Anonymous had apparently not made good by late Tuesday afternoon on its promise to take down nine major government websites and 133 financial institution sites – including 12 large credit unions – in what it called “OpUSA.”

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1. Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 12:02 PM
From Credit Union Times, two follow up articles on the subject of the May 7 DDoS attacks that didn't happen (yet?):
While [Brian] McGinley [CEO of data risk management firm IDT911 Consulting] stressed it was purely speculation on his part, he said when criminals – especially hackers from the group Anonymous – say there are going to do something, sooner or later it usually happens.

“This could have been a test to see what would happen so they could plan their real attack,” he said.

McGinley likened cyber warfare to a game of chess, in which U.S. targets react to warnings by taking precautionary measures. In response, hackers could use information about defensive methods used on Tuesday to develop a countermove.

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A second article explains that even if a specific financial institution is not the intended target of a DDoS attack, it could still suffer fallout if it shares a third-party IT supplier with the target:  Experts urge IT due diligence despite no May 7 attacks
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