US bank website hackers used advanced botnets, diverse tools


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  • Wednesday, 03 Oct 2012

CYBERATTACK: The Bank of America banking center in New York. In the past two weeks, customers of top US banks including Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co, Wells Fargo & Co, US Bancorp and PNC Financial Services have reported having trouble accessing their websites. - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO: The hackers behind the cyberattacks on major US banks have repeatedly disrupted online banking by using sophisticated and diverse tools that point to a carefully coordinated campaign, according to security researchers.

The hackers, believed to be activists in the Middle East, were highly knowledgeable about the defensive equipment used by the banks and likely spent months on reconnaissance, said several researchers interviewed by Reuters, who viewed the assaults as among the strongest and most complex the world has seen to date.

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