The week of March 11th, has started a new wave of DDoS attacks on banks and financial institutions. Qassam Cyber Fighters have launched the 3rd phase of Operation Ababil and have updated their Pastebin page with new threat attacks. The targets of this attack are leading US banks including Bank of America, Chase Bank, PNC, Union Bank, BB&T, US Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Citibank. Since the launch of the attacks, many of the US banks find themselves under severe DDoS attacks that cause outages to their secured online services and websites.
Radware ERT is actively involved in fighting and mitigating these attacks and found that these attacks are both sophisticated and contain multiple complicated attack vectors. For the first time in the prolonged Operation Ababil campaign, the attackers are launching encrypted attacks based on SSL protocol.