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Feds, Banks Brace as Hackers Launch OpUSA

A group of activist hackers kicked off an ambitious cyber operation on Tuesday that targeteted a slew of high-profile American targets, however the Group Anonymous assault appears to be running into serious resistance. Dubbed OpUSA, the attack targeted a slew of major government agencies and dozens of U.S. financial-services companies, marking the latest effort by hacktivists to flood critical websites with massive amounts of traffic aimed at slowing down or even blocking access."We see this as a widening in the cyber war front and organizations may require new tactics or technical defenses to defend," said Carl Herberger, vice president of security solutions at Radware (NASDAQ:RDWR).However, by late Tuesday afternoon no major website disruptions were reported due to OpUSA, Radware said, raising the chances that the Anonymous effort could fall well short of its goal. Ironically, Radware said it is seeing a lower-than-normal level of attack activity on its deployed devices around the wo...

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