Banking group says Distributed Denial of Service attack prompted flood of complaints from customers

The RBS banking group has revealed it suffered a cyber attack on its online services that left customers struggling to log on for nearly an hour – just as monthly pay cheques were arriving in accounts.

The group, which boasts 6.5m customers under the NatWest, RBS and Ulster brands, said it was the victim of a deliberate surge in internet traffic, called “Distributed Denial of Service”. This floods a company’s site with millions of requests, potentially bringing it to a standstill. The “distributed” version of a cyber attack involves thousands of computers under the control of one attacker.

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Source: The Guardian Circular Economy RSS