Senator Keith Alexander predicts the foretold cyber attack
Strange little article in ZDNet today: Senator warns banks of cyberattack risk, Chase Bank targeted within minutes.
It’s strange on several counts. Firstly, it seems that General Keith Alexander, head of the U.S. military’s Cyber Command, has been promoted (or demoted) to Senator – for it seems to be he who issued the warning.
Then he was gifted with prescient superpowers. He warns of further attacks on the banks.
As if in silent agreement, hackers — potentially with a morbid sense of humor — decided to attack Chase Bank’s website within minutes of the speech, and this was later confirmed by the bank to CNBC. It is unknown whether the cyberattack was connected, but either way, the timing was ironic.
The attack itself was, predictably, a denial-of-service (DoS) attack, although it is unclear whether any financial or account data has been compromised or stolen.
Senator warns banks of cyberattack risk, Chase Bank targeted within minutes
Hmm. How clever of the general to foresee this attack. Who else – certainly not ZDNet apparently – would have had the intelligence to translate the al-Qassam Cyber Fighters’ public statement last week that phase 3 of their operation against US banks had started; and that, as before “a number of american banks will be hit by denial of service attacks three days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during working hours” into an actual attack on an actual US bank on an actual Tuesday.
I’d like to predict, based on my superhuman knowledge of the current threatscape, that a US bank will be hit on Thursday – and if not on Thursday, then next Tuesday or Wednesday or next Thursday. The motivation, however, is not a morbid sense of humour, but simple, plain, good old indignation.