Feeds

Activists target bank's Web site in animal rights protest

Attempt 'virtual sit-in' using Floodnet

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Hacktivists have targeted the Web site of a US investment bank which saved a controversial drug testing company from liquidation with an attack designed to make its site unavailable.

The Web site of investment bank Stephens, which provides finance for Huntingdon Life Sciences, was yesterday subject to an attempted "virtual sit-in" by cyberactivists using a hacking tool called Floodnet.

At a predetermined time yesterday activists launched the Floodnet tool against Stephens site. This sent a barrage of repeated download requests to a site with the idea of making it too busy for others to use.

According to an email circulated to activists and obtained by the Register, the attack was organised by the Animal Liberation Internet Tactical Response Network, which provided information to activists on how to use Floodnet.

Today's edition of the Financial Times reports that Stephens has confirmed that its site was attacked but denied that activists were successful in completely disabling the site.

Stephens provided finance to Huntingdon Life Sciences in January after the Royal Bank of Scotland withdrew the firm's overdraft following protests by animal rights activists. ®

Related stories

World Economic Forum hacked
Nike Web site owned by hacktivists
Hacktivist group jumps on the DDoS bandwagon

The essential guide to IT transformation

More from The Register

next story
Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!
Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report
Classified data on flight's disappearance pinched
NIST to sysadmins: clean up your SSH mess
Too many keys, too badly managed
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic
Honeypots sweetened to resemble actual workloads, complete with 'secure' logins
Attack flogged through shiny-clicky social media buttons
66,000 users popped by malicious Flash fudging add-on
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?