Hacktivist group Anonymous has announced that they will soon be implementing Phase 1 of their cyber attack called Op USA, on the U.S. Government and banking websites. This attack is scheduled on May 7 2013. 133 Financial institutes including Bank Of America, Wells Fargo, And Citibank are listed in the banking targets. White House, NSA & FBi are also included in the list of targets. Anonymous spokesperson stated, “Anonymous will make sure that this May 7th will be a day to remember.” They wrote that the reason for the attack is “…multiple war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan…”.
Anonymous posted a list of targets and mapped out the method of attacks writing, “You can not stop the internet hate machine from doxes, DNS attacks, defaces, redirects, DDoS attacks, database leaks, and admin take overs.” This is what they posted:
Let’s hurt them wher it’s hurt the moste
target list for #OpUSA V1
we are anonymous
we do not forgive
we do not forget
whe are anonymous and we are the final BOSS of the internet !
HIGH profiel target list:
Largest banks of the USA target list:
http://www.regionsbank.com/ ( down atm )
http://www.astoriafederal.com/ ( removed from the internet )
http://ww2.guarantygroup.com/ ( daduck is this )
Anonymous attackers also said that this attack would be larger and would cause more damage than the Op Israel attack wherein they had promised to erase Israel from Internet.
On the other hand, Bank Info Security writes in an article that “Experts say the threat is serious and few of the targeted organizations, have made significant investments to withstand the attacks. “The smaller banks are not prepared, and the government side is not very well prepared, either,” says an Israel-based DDoS-mitigation expert. “If a massive attack will come, I’m sure we will see many of the government websites going down.” Because this is a politically motivated attack, no loss of user data is expected to occur. However banking customers are informed that the banking websites may be inaccessible for a time due to abundance of junk traffic. Customers are also advised to take all normal precautions such as unique passwords to protect your account and a reliable Antivirus to protect your system.