When Hackers Attack

Report: Hacker Attacks on Financial Services Companies Tripled From Last Year

“This quarter was characterized by extremely high volumes of malicious traffic..."

anonymous ows Report: Hacker Attacks on Financial Services Companies Tripled From Last YearOccupy Wall Street, or occupy Wall Street’s servers? A new report from Florida-based security firm Prolexic says financial services companies were targeted in three times as many attacks in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011. “This quarter was characterized by extremely high volumes of malicious traffic directed at our financial services clients,” said Neal Quinn, Prolexic’s vice president of operations, said in a statement.

Bad news for Wall Street. Good news for Prolexic. 

This quarter, 5.7 quadrillion bits of data and 1.1 trillion malicious packets—we’re imagining the digital version of a sugar packet that’s actually filled with MSG—targeted Prolexic’s financial services clients, the company reported. That translates to a 3,000 percent increase in malicious packet traffic over the first quarter of last year, the report says.

The rest of the report says hacker activity is up by pretty much every metric except attack duration, which might just mean the hackers have gotten more efficient.

The bump in attacks on Wall Street firms may have something to do with, we’re going out on a limb here, the popularity of Occupy Wall Street with Anonymous and other hacktivists.

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