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'Hacktivists' threaten to tie up banking websites

11:00 PM, May 6, 2013
Bank sign on building
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Don't be surprised if your bank or credit union website suddenly goes offline Tuesday.

Consumer websites for the White House, FBI and seven other federal agencies, along with 130 large and small banks and credit unions, have been targeted by the hacking collective Anonymous for Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attacks on Tuesday.

In a DDoS attack, hackers try to make a website unavailable for use by customers by tying up the system, often by flooding a network with requests. They are not trying to access people's accounts, though such attacks can weaken nteworks and make them ...

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