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DDoS Attacks Take Down RBS, Ulster Bank, and Natwest Online Systems

Brian Honan | Aug. 4, 2015
The Royal Bank of Scotland group of banks suffered nearly a fifty minute outage to their on-line banking systems today as a result of a Distributed Denial of Service Attack.

It is also incumbent on anyone of us responsible for hosting internet facing services that these services are configured securely so they don't facilitate criminals to use them in amplification, or indeed any other, attacks against other companies.

It is interesting to note that this is not the first time that RBS has been targeted by DDoS attacks. In December 2013 its on-line systems were unavailable for up to 12 hours as a result of a DDoS attack.  This came after the RBS group of banks suffered a major outage to their payment systems in 2012 resulting in the banks being unable to process customer payments for a number of days and led to the group being fined STG£56 million by UK regulatory authorities for the "unacceptable" computer failure.

Speaking in December 2013 about the 2012 outage the RBS CEO, Mr Ross McEwan, admitted there had been a significant under investment in IT in the bank. Mr McEwan, said "For decades, RBS failed to invest properly in its systems. We need to put our customers' needs at the centre of all we do. It will take time, but we are investing heavily in building IT systems our customers can rely on."

After today it looks like RBS will need to ensure it continues to invest in the technology and people required to keep its systems and data secure.


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