On Tuesday, the websites of Denmark’s central bank and seven private banks were disrupted by hackers, who launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. DDoS attacks direct traffic toward targeted servers in an attempt to knock them offline. The central bank confirmed that the attack did not impact their other systems or day-to-day operations, and their website was working normally by Tuesday afternoon. Access to the websites of seven private banks was briefly restricted on Tuesday after the DDoS attack on Bankdata, a company that develops IT solutions for the financial industry.
The banks that were affected include two of Denmark’s largest, Jyske Bank and Sydbank. Sydbank confirmed on its Facebook page that access to its website had been restricted on Tuesday. A Jyske spokesperson confirmed that some customers had experienced problems accessing its website on Tuesday. The attack on the central bank and private banks highlight the ongoing threat of cyber attacks on financial institutions. DDoS attacks are becoming increasingly common and can cause significant disruption and financial losses for targeted organizations.
In recent years, banks and financial institutions have been targeted by hackers who are looking to steal sensitive information, disrupt operations and extract ransoms. Cybersecurity experts warn that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of cyber attacks as more people work from home and access sensitive information remotely. The financial industry is particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks, as it is a prime target for hackers looking to steal sensitive information and disrupt operations. The Danish government and the central bank have both issued statements urging the public to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activities.